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Maternal sepsis


Sepsis was the biggest cause of direct maternal mortality identified in the 2011 Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE) report. The speed and severity with which sepsis affects pregnant and postnatal women, means that midwives need to be both aware of, and beware of sepsis.

Learning aims and objectives

On completion of this module you will be familiar with

  • The issue of sepsis in relation to the pregnant and postnatal woman
  • Definitions, incidence and mortality
  • Signs and symptoms of maternal sepsis
  • Risk factors 
  • investigations, management and consequences of maternal sepsis.

Keywords and linking topics

Antenatal care, postnatal care, observations, group A streptococcus, sepsis

Activities and questions at the end of this resource will enable you to assess your knowledge and reflect on how you can incorporate it into your own practice. In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you can move on to the next question. If you wish, at the end you can return for a further attempt at the questions.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to download and save or print a certificate to include in your CPD/ revalidation portfolio.