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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Opportunity for improvement as new WHO report sheds light on promotion of unsuitable baby foods in Poland

A new WHO/Europe report, “Improving the nutritional quality of commercial foods for infants and young children in Poland”, concludes that inappropriate promotion is a widespread practice, echoing other recent reports coming from many countries of the WHO European Region.


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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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