Safe Pregnancy and Birth 17+

Hesperian Health Guides

    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings
    • Free



Accessible information for health workers & expecting mothers in low-resource settings. From the publishers of Where There Is No Doctor, this is the only comprehensive app on pregnancy and birth developed specifically for health educators and expecting mothers in low-resource settings. Life-saving information is clearly presented and heavily illustrated, with an intuitive and friendly navigation — perfect for working with people with varied literacy levels.

The app is ideal for people working alongside community health workers or midwives in developing countries. Once downloaded, no internet connection is required to access this vital material.

Safe Pregnancy and Birth contains information on:
• staying healthy during pregnancy
• recognizing danger signs during pregnancy, birth, and after birth
• what to do when a danger sign arises
• when to refer a woman to emergency care
• Over 20 “how-to” step-by-step instructions

In the trademark Hesperian Health Guides’ style, the app demystifies health information, and is presented in a warm, conversational tone.

What’s New

Version 2.0.2

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Minor content changes. Built with up-to-date framework.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Linda Spangler M.D. ,

Contains Lifesaving Information!!!!

I love this incredible app! It was developed by Hesperian Health Guides, the folks that develop and publish “Where There Is No Doctor”. Their focus is helping poor people around the world take control of their own health. Their Safe Pregnancy app, like all their material, uses simple language without “medicalese”, is beautifully illustrated and medically accurate.
The app concisely offers excellent advice on preventative care, pre-natal monitoring and support, as well as detailed, potentially lifesaving information on how to respond to danger signs during pregnancy and birth. Unlike most medical texts, which make the assumption that you already know the specifics (often rendering their information useless), this app offers step-by-step instructions on how to carry out each procedure with medications and technology available in developing countries. Their instructions could easily be followed by village healthworkers and midwives.
I highly recommend this app to anyone, such as students, NGO workers, Peace Corp volunteers, and missionaries, who work in areas where women do not have ready access to medical care. You literally could save a life.

Max Paul Friedman ,

Excellent, clear, user-friendly

This app provides clear, accessible advice for women (especially in developing countries) on maternal health and avoiding complications during pregnancy. The suggestions are practical and helpful even in the absence of physicians or where resources are scarce. Well done, Hesperian!

jamaicanese ,


This is a scary app that is dangerously giving medical advice when it should not be. I'm SHOCKED that this app was even published. Doesn't apple even read the content of these app submissions????

If the assumption is that you are stuck in the North Pole with a pregnant woman with absolutely no access to medical care - fine, I guess this will do. But the danger here is that people who have absolutely no medical knowledge are being "taught" how to be a doctor. Advice such as "give magnesium sulfate if you know how" is utterly ridiculous and extremely dangerous. This is just one of many idiotic suggestions this app makes. This drug can only being given in a medically supervised setting with an IV and monitors for breathing, blood pressure, heart rate not to mention a fetal monitor. You can kill someone by giving this drug! I've read those reviews that say this is perfect for healthcare workers in remote areas, blah, blah... If you are in such as remote area where there is absolutely no health care then I highly highly doubt you will even have access to magnesium sulfate so where is the LOGIC to even advising this????

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