Skin-to-skin care, or “Kangaroo Care” means placing the dried and unclothed newborn baby on the mother’s bare chest with a light blanket covering the baby. Skin-to-skin contact stabilizes the newborn, promotes mother-baby bonding and helps establish early breastfeeding.
Privacy is important to make a woman feel secure during pregnancy, delivery and post-delivery check-ups. Doctors, nurses, support staff and families should work in tandem to see that the mother feels comfortable and protected during labour.
An infographic depicting the states with the highest and lowest maternal mortality rates in India, the global maternal mortality rates, and the decline in India’s maternal mortality from 1990 to 2015.
Hospitals are becoming more open to the idea of partner-assisted delivery, i.e. allowing fathers in the delivery room during labour. Fathers-to-be should know these guidelines if they plan to be present at their child’s birth.
World Health Organization (WHO) hopes for every pregnant woman receiving high quality of care and support throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. WHO has outlined eight standards for the quality of maternity care.