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Health of Mother & Child

  • Maternal health is closely linked to newborn survival. While great strides have been made in reducing global child mortality, newborns now account for 44 percent of all childhood deaths.
  • A mother needs to take good care of herself to rebuild her strength. She will need plenty of rest, good nutrition, and support during the first few weeks. In the first few weeks, a mother needs to be relieved of all responsibilities other than feeding the baby and taking care of herself. In addition, the mother needs to maintain a healthy diet to promote active healing & recovery and able to care for their baby.
  • WHO recommends that a woman not be discharged before 24 hours after birth. Regardless of the place of birth, it is important that someone accompanies the woman and newborn for the first 24 hours after birth to respond to any changes in her or her baby’s condition. Many complications can occur in the first 24 hours. If the birth was at a facility, mother and baby should receive a postnatal examination before discharge.
  • The couple should be well aware and ensure that the new-born is fed with breast milk.