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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World Breastfeeding Week: a mother’s perspective on breastfeeding

Daria is a 26-year-old mother of 3 in Moscow, Russian Federation. She and her husband share a firm belief in the value of breastfeeding, in line with international public health recommendations. During World Breastfeeding Week, WHO celebrates breastfeeding as a vital part of healthy child development, and the best start to life for any baby.

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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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