Sexual and reproductive health

Pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care

A guide for essential practice


World Health Organization, Department of Making Pregnancy Safer

Front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 180
Publication date: 2006, updated second edition
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Portugese, Russian
Price: CHF 40.00 / US$ 48.00 - Developing countries: CHF 20.00
ISBN: 924159084X


This guide provides evidence-based recommendations to guide health-care professionals in the management of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period, and post abortion, and newborns during their first weeks of life. It is a guide for clinical decision-making. It facilitates the collection, analysis, classification and use of relevant information by suggesting key questions, essential observations and/or examinations, and by recommending appropriate research-based interventions. It supports the early detection of complications and the initiation of early and appropriate treatment, including timely referral, if necessary.

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