We have developed safe abortion care training materials to meet the varied needs of health systems and the contexts in which they work. Please contact clinicalupdates@ipas.org with any questions, feedback or inquiries about ordering printed materials.

You can also view our collection of resources for health professionals, including resources, tools and job aids for clinicians.

Resources for health professionals

Before 13 Weeks curricula

Woman-Centered, Comprehensive Abortion Care Reference Manual, Second Edition
This manual provides guidance to health-care personnel on improving the quality of care available to women seeking uterine evacuation services. It has been updated to be consistent with the World Health Organization’s Safe Abortion: Technical and policy guidance for health systems (2012) and other important evidence-based resource documents and articles. It explains the manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) uterine evacuation procedure in detail and also explains uterine evacuation methods that use the pills misoprostol and mifepristone (often called medical abortion). It is designed to be used as a participant’s manual during trainer-facilitated courses and as a as a learner’s resource to help refresh and strengthen skills. Special features include modules that address broader service delivery and access issues such as women’s sexual and reproductive rights, including the rights of young women; client-provider communication; provider and community partnerships; quality of care; and monitoring to improve services.
Available as PDF
Medical Abortion Study Guide, Second Edition
The Medical Abortion Study Guide, Second Edition, describes the use of medications for first-trimester abortion. It is intended to prepare health-care providers for the in-person skills training and clinical practicum portions of medical abortion training programs. It can also serve as a reference manual during training events and for future reference.
Available as PDF

At or after 13 weeks curricula

Dilatation & Evacuation (D&E) Reference Guide: Induced abortion and postabortion care at or after 13 weeks gestation (‘second trimester’)
This reference guide provides information and recommendations based on evidence for dilatation and evacuation (D&E), a form of abortion that utilizes a combination of specialized forceps and vacuum aspiration to evacuate the uterus at or after 13 weeks gestation, for women who need either induced abortion, treatment of incomplete abortion or postabortion care. Health-care providers with previous experience providing high-quality, firsttrimester abortion services who want to expand their skills to care for women at or after 13 weeks gestation using uterine evacuation are the primary audience for this guide.
Available as PDF
Second-Trimester Abortion: A Toolkit for Service Delivery
This guidance is designed for any health facility planning to expand its abortion services to include abortions in the second trimester of pregnancy. It provides the tools and resources necessary to successfully introduce and continue second-trimester abortion services and/or second-trimester postabortion care. The toolkit includes a description of key programming elements and a set of related tools and job aids.
Medical Abortion Reference Guide: Induced abortion and postabortion care at or after 13 weeks gestation (‘second trimester’)
This reference guide provides information and recommendations based on evidence for medical abortion at or after 13 weeks gestation, sometimes called induction abortion or termination in the second trimester, using misoprostol-based regimens (mifepristone plus misoprostol or misoprostol only) for women who need either induced abortion, treatment of incomplete abortion or postabortion care. Health-care providers with previous experience providing high-quality, first-trimester abortion services who want to expand their skills to care for women at or after 13 weeks gestation using medical abortion are the primary audience for this guide.
Available as PDF

Postabortion care

Misoprostol use in postabortion care: A service delivery toolkit
This toolkit is designed to help district or national-level clinicians, facility managers or program managers initiate the use of misoprostol as a medical treatment for incomplete abortion or integrate misoprostol into existing postabortion care services.
Woman-centered postabortion care: Reference manual, Second Edition
This manual is designed to prepare health-care workers to provide women with high-quality postabortion care services. It is useful for a broad audience—including clinicians, trainers, program managers and outreach workers. It provides in-depth clinical information on safe, effective options for first-trimester uterine evacuation and addresses broader service delivery and access issues, including the rights of young women, client-provider communication, and monitoring to improve services. It may be used for countries where there are no legal indications for induced abortion or where there are significant restrictions on induced abortion.
Available as PDF

General abortion training

Abortion attitude transformation: A values clarification toolkit for global audiences
This toolkit is a resource for trainers, program managers and technical advisors who organize or facilitate training events and advocacy workshops in the field of sexual and reproductive health. It provides experienced trainers with the background information, materials, instructions, and tips necessary to effectively facilitate abortion values clarification and attitude transformation interventions.
Available as PDF
Youth act for safe abortion: A training guide for future health professionals
This guide is a resource for future health professionals who want to learn about and engage in abortion issues. Abortion is a critical but often neglected area of women’s rights, women’s health and health science education. The guide was developed for health sciences students—including students in medicine, nursing, midwifery, pharmacology, public health and other related fields—and can be adapted for other audiences too.
Providers as advocates for safe abortion care: A training manual
Organized in four parts, this training manual aims to foster an advocacy perspective in health-care providers who are involved in delivering abortion and/or postabortion care. The manual will help providers recognize their personal power as advocates and identify different circumstances and means to advocate for comprehensive abortion care to the full limits of the law.
Available as PDF
Abortion care for young women: A training toolkit
This toolkit is designed to provide information and guidance on delivering and ensuring access to appropriate induced abortion care for young women (ages 10-24). It provides experienced trainers with the background information, materials, instructions and tips necessary to effectively facilitate training sessions. Since existing research demonstrates few differences in the clinical needs of young women compared to adults, the toolkit contains more on advocacy, partnerships and service delivery than clinical issues. It is a global resource for health care providers, trainers, administrators and technical advisors of abortion care programs, but some materials also can be used to engage young people, policymakers, community groups, donors, advocates and other stakeholders.
Available as PDF
Clinical Mentoring and Provider Support for Abortion-Related Care
This training manual is for clinical mentors and others providing clinical and programmatic support to health-care providers offering abortion-related care. It includes content, activities and materials to improve their knowledge, attitudes and skills for clinical mentoring and provider support.

IpasU

IpasUniversity, or IpasU, is your gateway to learning about safe abortion and postabortion care. Courses in English and Spanish are designed for clinicians and other professionals who work in reproductive health programming.

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