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Postnatal care: WHO highlights urgency of physical and mental support

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 30 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o846
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

The World Health Organization has issued a list of 63 recommendations that governments around the world should aim to provide to support mothers and newborn babies in the first six weeks after birth.1

All mothers and babies should receive high quality care in health facilities for at least 24 hours after birth, with a minimum of three additional postnatal check-ups in the first six weeks, said WHO. These additional contacts should include home visits if feasible, to support the transition to …

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