Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Standards for maternal and newborn health

Group 1: General standards of care for healthy pregnancy and childbirth

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 9 chapters, 6 p. each
Publication date: 2007
Languages: English



The Standards for maternal and newborn health consist of a set of user-friendly leaflets that present World Health Organization (WHO) key recommendations on the delivery of maternal and neonatal care in health facilities, starting from the first level of care. Facilities at higher levels of care should also have these standards in place as a minimum (essential) care for all mothers and babies; in addition, they should have standards for the care of women and newborns in need of obstetric and special care.

The standards are part of the WHO Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth Care (IMPAC) package, which provides guidance for assisting countries to improve the health and survival of women and their newborn babies during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.