Heart health during pregnancy
Maternal cardiac arrest data
Data on maternal deaths and cardiac arrests suggests cardiac arrest occurs in 1 out of 12,000 admissions
CPR and AED use on pregnant women
Don’t delay chest compressions or defibrillation for a pregnant person.
The sooner an AED shock is provided as directed, the better the chance for survival. Follow the normal steps for operating the AED. To be clear, defibrillation shock will not harm the baby and is considered safe in each stage of pregnancy.
breathing, moving, or reacting in other ways, place the person on their left side for better blood flow.
For more information about performing CPR and the use of an AED in a specific situation, take a CPR, AED and First Aid class near you.
Learn more about CPR, AED, and First Aid training programs for your organization and how to become a CPR instructor with HSI.