December 29, 2023

Maternal and Newborn care

World Health Orginazation urges quality care for women and newborns in critical first weeks after childbirth with newly released Guidelines.

The first six weeks after birth is a critical time for ensuring newborn and maternal survival and for supporting healthy development of the baby as well as the mother’s overall mental and physical recovery and wellbeing.

Worldwide, more than 3 in 10 women and babies do not currently receive postnatal care in the first days after birth - the period when most maternal and infant deaths occur. Meanwhile the physical and emotional consequences of childbirth – from injuries to recurring pain and trauma - can be debilitating if unmanaged, but are often highly treatable when the right care is given at the right time.

The need for quality maternity and newborn care does not stop once a baby is born.

The birth of a baby is a life-changing moment, one that is bound by love, hope and excitement, but it can also cause unprecedented stress and anxiety. Parents need strong health care and support systems, especially women, whose needs are too often neglected when the baby comes.

When a baby is born, a mother is also born ✨️

For South African Moms, follow Postpartum Directory - Support for South African Mothers

for useful information and a community of support.

Together we can all do our part in supporting Moms beyond childbirth!










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