A woman deserves special care during pregnancy, and particularly during labour. Her partner, obstetrician and nurses must operate as a team.
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.
By participating in the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, India is one of 9 countries committed to reducing maternal mortality rates.
Beyond basic care of a newborn baby, hospitals should counsel new mothers about danger signs in their infant, and postpartum depression, C-section incision care, illnesses and infections to watch out for after delivery.
Early breastfeeding is the process of beginning to breastfeed the newborn right after, or within one hour of childbirth. Read about what conditions in the mother and new born baby might prevent early establishment of breast feeding.