Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care : A Guide for Essential Practice

The aim of this guide is to provide evidence-based recommendations to guide health care professionals in the management of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, and post abortion, and newborns during their first

week of life, including management of endemic diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB and anaemia. All recommendations are for skilled attendants working at the primary level of health care, either at the facility or in the community.

They apply to all women attending antenatal care, in delivery, postpartum or post abortion care, or who come for emergency care, and to all newborns at birth and during the first week of life (or later) for routine and emergency care.

The guide is designed for clinical decision-making. It facilitates the collection, analysis, classification and use of relevant information by suggesting key questions, essential observations and/or examinations, and recommending appropriate research-based interventions. It promotes the early detection of complications and the initiation of early and appropriate treatment, including timely referral, if necessary.

Last modified: July 23, 2021

Language: English