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WHO Issues New Recommendations On Global Care Standards For Childbirth

WHO: Individualized, supportive care key to positive childbirth experience, says WHO
“WHO has issued new recommendations to establish global care standards for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions…” (2/15).

WHO: A “good birth” goes beyond having a healthy baby
Princess Nothemba Simelela, WHO assistant director general for family, women, children, and adolescents, discusses the importance of improving the quality of care in facilities where women give birth and writes, “The World Health Organization (WHO) believes ‘high quality care’ should encompass both service delivery and the woman’s experience. Our new recommendations on intrapartum care set the global standard on the provision and experience of care during birth. The guidelines place the woman and her baby at the center of the care model, to achieve the best possible physical, emotional, and psychological outcomes” (2/15).

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