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Women and Girls with RHD - Pregnancy Focus

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Completion time: approximately 1 hour

It is recommended that the Women and Girls with RHD program is completed before attempting this program. 

This program is designed for nurses and midwives who are responsible for or interested in the care of pregnant women with rheumatic heart disease. More information is available in the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, 3rd edition. On completion of this program, participants will be able to

  • describe care required for women with RHD during pregnancy.
  • identify some tertiary interventions available in Australia for women with rheumatic heart disease during pregnancy.
  • identify the women most at risk of complications in pregnancy due to rheumatic heart disease.
  • identify the potential complications in pregnancy due to mitral valve replacement.
  • describe treatment options for women with rheumatic heart disease during pregnancy.
  • ​describe the considerations for medication delivery for women with rheumatic heart disease in the perinatal period.

Professional development recognition is available from:

Australian College of Midwives (1 CPD hour)

Please note: Images and videos have been shared with permission for educational use. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this eLearning program may contain images or voices of people who have died.

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Last updated 
15 December 2022