Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics

ALSO®-Recommended Reading

The following resources are recommended to compliment the ALSO curriculum.


Quality Patient Care in Labor and Delivery: A Call to Action(7 page PDF) -- Patient-centered care requires a balance between maternal-child safety and well-being and the woman's needs and desires.

Serialization Articles

Below are articles of the American Family Physician (AFP) Series which provides updated, concise summaries of the ALSO syllabus chapters, often with accompanying pictorial images. These articles are available online to facilitate access for maternity care providers who may not have ready access to the ALSO syllabus. Each article has been approved by the ALSO editorial board as well as the AFP editors and peer review process. The collaboration between ALSO and AFP is ongoing, so please check back for future articles.

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Quinlan J, Murphy N. Cesarean Delivery: Counseling Issues and Complication Management. American Family Physician. 2015;1;91(3):178-184.

Van Dinter, M., Graves, L. Managing Adverse Birth Outcomes: Helping Parents and Families Cope.American Family Physician 2012; 85(9):900-904.

Sayres WG. Preterm Labor. American Family Physician. 2010; (4):477-484.

Bailey RE. Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring. American Family Physician. 2009; 80(12):1388-1396.

Deutchman M. Tubay A. Turok D. First Trimester Bleeding. American Family Physician. 2009; 79(11):985.

Dresang L, Fontaine P, Leeman L, King V. Venous Thromboembolism During Pregnancy. American Family Physician 2008; 77(12):1709.

Leeman L, Fontaine P. Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy. American Family Physician 2008; 78(1):93.

Hook C. Damos J. Vacuum-Assisted Vaginal Delivery. American Family Physician. 2008; 78(8): 953

Anderson J, Etches D. Prevention and Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage. American Family Physician 2007; 75(6):875.

Sakornbut E, Leeman L, Fontaine P. Late Pregnancy Bleeding. American Family Physician 2007; 75(8):1199.

Sheilds S, Ratcliffe S, Fontaine P, Leeman L. Dystocia in Nulliparous Women. American Family Physician 2007; 76(10):1671.

Baxley EG, Gobbo RW. Shoulder Dystocia. American Family Physician 2004; 69(7):1707.

Deutchman M, Carter CJ, Apgar B. The ALSO® article series. American Family Physician 2004; 69(7):1610, 1612-1613.






ALSO Publications

Beasley J, Damos J, Roberts R, Nesbitt T. "The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Course." Archives of Family Medicine 1994; 3:1037-1041.

Beasley JW, Dresang LT, Winslow D, Damos JR. "The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Program: Fourteen Years = Progress." Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 2005; 20(4): 271-5.

Black RS, Brocklehurst P. A Systematic Review of Training in Acute Obstetric Emergencies. BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2003; 110: 837-41.

Bower D, Wolkomir M, Schubot D. "The Effects of the ALSO Course as an Educational Intervention for Resident." Family Medicine 1997; 28(3):187-193.

Dauphin-McKenzie N, Celestin M, Brown D, Gonzalez-Quintero V. "The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Course as an Orientation Tool for Obstetrical and Gynecology Residents." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2007; 196(5): 27-28.

Deutchman M, Dresang L, Winslow D. "Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO®) International Development." Family Medicine 2007; 39(9): 618-622.

Dresang L, Beasley J, Paul R. "The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Course in Developing Countries." Journal of Liaquat University of Medicine and Health Sciences (JLUMHS) 2005; 4(2).

Dresang LT, Rodney WM, Leeman L, Dees J, Koch P, Palencia M. Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics in Ecuador: Teaching the Teachers. J American Board Family Practice 2004; 17(4): 276-82.

Etches D, Klein M, Handfield-Jones R. "Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics: Practical Approaches to Obstetrics Emergencies." Canada Family Physician 1998; 44: 2480-1.

Johanson R, Hinshaw K. "Better Life Saving Skills are Needed for Safer Childbirth." British Journal Midwifery, April 2001; 9(4):199-202.

Lewis P. "The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Course." Mod Midife 1996; 6(12): 17-9.

Lomax A. "ALSO®: The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Course." Midwives 1997; 110(1314): 176-7.

McGeown P. "Practice Recommendations for Managing Shoulder Dystocia." British Journal of Midwifery April 2001; 9(4):2004-207.

Taylor HA. "Providing the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Course within the Military Family Practice Training System." Military Medicine 1996; 161:696-700.

Taylor HA, Kiser R. "Reported Comfort With Obstetrical Emergencies Before and After Participation in the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Course." Family Medicine 1998; 30(2):103-7.


OBG Management( -- Online publication that addresses patient care and practice management.

Centering Healthcare Institute( -- A model of group health care delivery that is changing how people think about their care.