Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care

A guide for essential practice


World Health Organization, United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF, The World Bank

Publication details

Number of pages: 186
Publication date: 2006
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian
ISBN: 92 4 159084 X (English); 9242590843 (French)
WHO reference number: WQ 175 2003WO-1 (French)



This guide provides evidence-based recommendations to guide health-care professionals in the management of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period, and post abortion, and newborns during their first weeks of life. It is a guide for clinical decision-making. It facilitates the collection, analysis, classification and use of relevant information by suggesting key questions, essential observations and/or examinations, and by recommending appropriate research-based interventions. It supports the early detection of complications and the initiation of early and appropriate treatment, including timely referral, if necessary.

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