Session 7: Postpartum Care for the Mother and Essential Newborn Care

The postpartum and postnatal period is critical to the health and survival of a mother and her newborn; they are most vulnerable in labor, delivery, and the first week of life. Paradoxically, the postpartum and postnatal period is the most neglected in terms of quality care and services. It is crucial that families are able to identify danger signs in the mother and newborn that indicate the need to urgently seek care, that families can provide postpartum care for the mother and essential newborn care, and that the mother and newborn are supported by a trained health worker through postnatal facility or home visits following a recommended schedule. 

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