Advances in Obstetric AnesthesiaPeripartum Care of the Jehovah’s Witness PatientRIVEROS-PEREZ, EFRAIN MD; KACMAR, RACHEL MDAuthor Information Department of Anesthesiology, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose. Correspondence: Rachel Kacmar, MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Aurora, CO. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2017 - Volume 60 - Issue 2 - p 394-404 doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000271 Buy Metrics Abstract Postpartum hemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal mortality. Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) refuse allogeneic blood transfusion, and thus treatment of hemorrhagic complications in this patient population is complex. Recognition and respect for religious beliefs are essential when caring for the JW parturient and several ethical and legal considerations must be taken into account. Interdisciplinary teamwork and communication as well as active patient participation are critical in the decision-making process for JW patients. Various techniques and technologies are available to optimize red blood cell mass, minimize bleeding, increase tolerance to anemia and support multiorgan derangements derived from antepartum and postpartum hemorrhage. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.