Maternal and New Born Health

Maternal and New Born Health

Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.  Perinatal health refers to health from 22 completed weeks gestation until 7 completed days after birth. 

Newborn health refers to babies’ first month of life.  A healthy start during the perinatal period influences infancy childhood and adulthood.

 

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Most maternal deaths can be prevented through skilled care at childbirth and access to emergency obstetric care
WHO, 2014

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