Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

WHO recommendations on maternal health

World Health Organization

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Publication details

Publication date: 2017
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/MCA/17.10



This publication on WHO recommendations related to maternal health is one of four in a series; the others relate to newborn, child and adolescent health. The objective of this document is to make available WHO recommendations on maternal health in one easy-to-access document for WHO staff, policy-makers, programme managers, and health professionals. The compilation can also help better define gaps to prioritize guideline updates.

This document is meant to respond to the questions:

  • What health interventions should be delivered during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period?
  • What health behaviours should the women practise (or not practise) during these periods to care for herself and her baby?

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