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Unit 9: Prevention and Management of Severe Pre-Eclampsia and Eclampsia


This unit discusses the classification of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy and treatment protocols for anti-hypertensive medication administration.


By the end of this unit, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the classification of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.
  • Demonstrate ability to accurately measure and record blood pressure.
  • Demonstrate ability to assess for severe pre-eclampsia and eclampsia in limited-resource settings.
  • Demonstrate ability to safely prepare and administer magnesium sulfate for intramuscular and IV administration.
  • Discuss treatment protocols for anti-hypertensive medication administration.

Timing & Methodology

Total: 240 minutes (4 hours)

  • 10 minutes: Role Play and Group Discussion
  • 15 minutes: Facilitator Presentation and OPTIONAL Skills Practice: Blood Pressure Measurement
  • 20 minutes: Paired Role Play Activity
  • 40 minutes: Demonstration and Skills Practice: Preparing and Administering Magnesium Sulfate
  • 10 minutes: Video and Discussion: Severe Pre-Eclampsia
  • 10 minutes: Facilitator Presentation and Group Discussion: Antihypertensives
  • 60 minutes: Clinical Simulation and Debrief
  • 75 minutes: Continued Skills Practice


  • Print, download, and gather materials.
  • Ask host organization for sample client records.
  • Set up tables in the back of the training space with stations for skills practice on preparing and administering magnesium sulfate.

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