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Obstetric Anaesthesia in Developing Countries is a collaborative effort by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.

It is well recognized that many millions of births take place each year where facilities for safe obstetric care are lacking. Anaesthesia is a key component of safe motherhood and yet is under-resourced as a specialty in many countries.

This book was conceived as a short text to describe how to provide practical safe anaesthesia for obstetric patients where resources are in short supply–a reality for many colleagues internationally. Although deficiencies make safe obstetric anaesthesia care difficult, there is much that the well trained and well informed anaesthesia provider can achieve, by using available resources in a timely and effective way.

This text describes a practical approach to setting up an anaesthesia service, administering both regional and general anaesthesia and managing complicated pregnancy and delivery, including neonatal resuscitation. It is hoped that the practical advice provided will prove helpful for colleagues striving to give their best care under all conditions.

Significant funding from the AAGBI, OAA and the WFSA means that thousands of these books will be made freely available to anaesthetists in developing countries. The advice in the book will be useful at all levels, not only for medical and non-medical anaesthesia providers, but also for obstetricians and midwives and all others in the obstetric team.

Dr Angela Enright

President–WFSA