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.
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.
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.
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.
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.