15 February 2018 | Launch of new WHO guideline on intrapartum care - Worldwide, about 140 million women give birth every year. Whilst much is known about the clinical management of labour and childbirth less attention is paid to what, beyond clinical interventions, needs to be done to make women feel safe, comfortable and positive about the experience. A new WHO guideline, launched today, contains 56 evidence-based recommendations detailing both the clinical and non-clinical care that is needed throughout labour and immediately afterwards for women and for newborns. One of the key recommendations in this guideline recognizes that every birth is unique, while some labours progress quickly, others don’t and unnecessary medical interventions should be avoided if the woman and her baby are in good condition.
Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. While motherhood is often a positive and fulfilling experience, for too many women it is associated with suffering, ill-health and even death. The major direct causes of maternal morbidity and mortality include haemorrhage, infection, high blood pressure, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labour.
New programme reporting standards for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes
14 September 2017 – Reporting on health programmes often covers what was done and not how it was done and in what context. This information is key to understanding impact and can facilitate successful replication and scale-up. To address this, WHO is launching new standards for reporting on sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes at this year’s Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, South Africa.
830830 women, approximately die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.Maternal mortality
99 %99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.Maternal mortality
Access to skilled care
78%In 2016 an estimated 78% of all live births benefited from skilled care during delivery.Skilled attendants at birth
Making childbirth a positive experience
Short period of postoperative bladder catheterization effective for repair of simple urinary fistula
Engaging with communities is crucial for improving quality of care during childbirth
More women worldwide receive early antenatal care, but great inequalities remain
The Robson classification implementation manual
WHO updates recommendation on intravenous tranexamic acid for the treatment of postpartum haemorrhage
Early antenatal care visit: a systematic analysis of regional and global levels and trends of coverage from 1990 to 2013
Shining a spotlight on maternal and neonatal sepsis: World Sepsis Day 2017