Obstetric emergencies are life-threatening for both the mother and the fetus. These emergencies require immediate medical intervention through a multifactorial approach by a team comprising specialists from varied therapeutic areas, including gynecologists, obstetricians, nephrologists, neurologists, and general medicine. In some cases where the delivery is performed, specialized services from neonatologists are also required.
Some causes of obstetric emergencies are ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, placenta previa, placental abruption, premature rupture of membranes, uterine rupture, uterine inversion, shoulder dystocia, and amniotic fluid embolism.
Some warning signs of pregnancy complications are vaginal bleeding, severe headaches, seizures, blurred vision, dizziness and fainting, shortness of breath and rapid breathing, and severe abdominal pain.