Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Maternal health

International Confederation of Midwives 30th Triennial Congress

1–5th June 2014 -- WHO will be demonstrating support for the strengthening of midwifery at the 30th Congress through various workshops including on WHO's new Post Partum Family Planning Tool and a session on the latest in antenatal care and postnatal care. Also a WHO Partner Panel will include presentations on the forthcoming Lancet Series on midwifery and why midwives are essential to the Every Newborn Action Plan.

8 March - International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, WHO joins UN agencies on a call to action on violence against women during the 57th Commission on Social Status of Women (CSSW), taking place in New York.

Why did Mrs X die, retold - video

“Why did Mrs X die, retold” is a remake of the 1988 film, “Why did Mrs X Die?”, created to educate midwives, heath workers and decision-makers about the key issues associated with safe motherhood. Although progress has been made, and fewer mothers are dying from pregnancy-related problems, many fundamental issues remain the same.

WHO issues new guidance for the prevention and management of postpartum haemorrhage

Mother and her newborn at a clinic in Kenya
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Mother and her newborn at a clinic in Kenya.

Given the availability of new scientific evidence related to the prevention and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), this document updates previous WHO recommendations and adds new recommendations for the prevention and treatment of PPH. The primary goal of this guideline is to provide a foundation for the implementation of interventions shown to have been effective in reducing the burden of PPH.