Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 5 Obstetrics and Maternity

The fifth in a series of six evidence-based guidelines, the Obstetrics and Maternity module was approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on 22 December 2014, and released on 23 March 2015.

Module 5 is intended to assist and guide health-care professionals in making clinical decisions when managing pregnant and postpartum women.

Module 5 introduces expert opinion points (EOPs), to complement the recommendations and practice points. EOPs were developed by the Clinical/Consumer Reference Group where relevant guidance, outside of the scope of the systematic review, was required. The module includes EOPs on anaemia, transfusion support, adapting or modifying a massive transfusion protocol, and care of patients in whom a transfusion is not an option.

The Obstetrics and Maternity module and accompanying resources can be accessed by clicking on the relevant links below.

College & Society Endorsements

The National Blood Authority greatly appreciates and acknowledges the input received from the clinical community in producing the Patient Blood Management Guidelines. We are pleased to acknowledge that the following organisations have formally endorsed Module 5 - Obstetrics and Maternity.

  • Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
  • Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine
  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service
  • College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand
  • Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand

For more information

To provide feedback and inform future reviews of this module, please send any comments on its content or implementation, or on the accompanying materials, to the project manager at:

  • Email guidelines [at] (subject: PBM%20Guidelines%20Enquiry)
  • Mail:
    Patient Blood Management Guidelines
    National Blood Authority
    Locked Bag 8430
    Canberra ACT 2601
  • Fax (02) 6151 5300