Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Maternal health

Highlighting the critical role of midwives

5 May 2015 -- Today we celebrate the work of midwives worldwide in ensuring the care and survival of newborn babies. The theme for this year's International Day of the Midwife is "Midwives: for a better tomorrow”. As the Millennium Development Goals come to an end in September, this theme highlights the importance of having midwives involved in the development of the new set of goals called the Sustainable Development Goals to create a brighter future for mothers, babies, and families.

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.

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.

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