Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Managing newborn problems

A guide for doctors, nurses and midwives

World Health Organization, Dept. of Reproductive Health and Research; United Nations Population Fund; UNICEF

Publication details

Number of pages: 335
Publication date: 2003
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Russian
ISBN: 9241546220 (English); 9242546222 (French)
WHO reference number: WS 420 2003MA(English); WQ 240 2001MA-1 (French)



This guide is designed to assist countries with limited resources in their efforts to reduce neonatal mortality and to ensure care for newborn babies with problems due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth, such as asphyxia, sepsis, and low birth weight or preterm birth. The main section of this guide is arranged by clinical signs or findings, which facilitates early identification of illness, and provides up-to-date guidelines for clinical management.