Pregnancy, breastfeeding and infant feeding


Pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and neonatal care: a guide for essential practice

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.

A newer version of this guide, and previous versions in other languages can be accessed here

WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, The World Bank