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Table 4 Postnatal transfer criteria

From: Comparison of midwife-led and consultant-led care of healthy women at low risk of childbirth complications in the Republic of Ireland: a randomised trial




• Postpartum haemorrhage (> 500 mls)

• Signs of deep vein thromboembolism: leg pain or discomfort, (especially in the left leg), swelling, tenderness, increased temperature and oedema, and lower abdominal pain

• Signs of pulmonary thromboembolism: dyspnoea, collapse, chest pain, haemoptysis, faintness, and signs and symptoms associated with DVT

• Pyrexia > 38C on two occasions at least 1 hour apart


• Any other condition that causes concern

• Concerns for psycho-logical wellbeing