Routes of Oxytocin Administration for the Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage After Vaginal Birth
Patient Guideline Summary
Publication Date: November 1, 2020
This patient summary means to discuss key recommendations from the World Health Organization for oxytocin administration for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage after vaginal birth.
- Hemorrhage (excessive bleeding) happens after birth in about one in 20 women.
- This patient summary focuses on the use of oxytocin to prevent postpartum hemorrhage.
- Oxytocin causes the uterus (womb) to contract, interrupting bleeding.
- All patients should receive 10 international units of oxytocin immediately after the delivery of the baby.
- Intravenous administration is preferred over an intramuscular route.
WHO recommendation on routes of oxytocin administration for the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage after vaginal birth. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2020. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
The information in this patient summary should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Contact a health care provider if you have questions about your health.