Postpartum Care

This brief focuses on the following points:

  • In developing countries, over 60% of maternal deaths occur in the postpartum period, and about 70% of women receive no postpartum care.
  • Effective care during the first week postpartum—especially during the first 24 hours—is essential to maximize survival of mothers and newborns.
  • Women, their families and communities should be able to recognize maternal danger signs and have a plan for seeking appropriate care.
  • Programs should manage the care of mother and newborn together, as the health and well-being of both are interdependent.

 

Length: 
2 p
Year: 
2008
Organization: 
INFO Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs
Languages: 
English