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Post-natal care for the mother and child reduces the risk of complications and supports mothers and fathers or other caregivers to help their new baby get a healthy start in life. The mother and child should be checked regularly during the first 24 hours after childbirth, in the first week, and again six weeks after birth. If there are complications, more frequent check-ups are necessary.
Post-natal care assisted by a skilled birth attendant is important to help ensure the survival and health of the mother and her newborn. During the first hours after childbirth and the first week and month of life, newborn babies are particularly vulnerable.
After childbirth the skilled birth attendant will:
For the mother and/or child with complications, the skilled birth attendant will:
The first days and weeks are especially risky for low-birthweight babies. The majority of newborn deaths occur in low-birthweight babies. Many of these babies could be saved with post-natal care provided by a skilled birth attendant who will: