Maternal and newborn health

Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Perinatal health refers to health from 22 completed weeks of gestation until 7 completed days after birth. Newborn health refers to babies’ first month of life. A healthy start during the perinatal period influences infancy, childhood and adulthood.

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Improving the health of mothers and newborns in Slovakia

In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve the health of women and newborns and end all preventable deaths, to ensure care for health and well-being, and to expand an enabling environment, the Ministry of Health of Slovakia is preparing to renew the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative certificates.


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Strengthening maternal and newborn health in eastern Europe by improving quality of care in primary health facilities

Government of Russian Federation and WHO/Europe invest in improving primary health care for mothers and newborns

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WHO/Europe works on maternal and perinatal health in many of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region.

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