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Maternal & Newborn Health

More than 350,000 maternal deaths occurred in 2008, and four million newborns die each year within the first month of life. The vast majority of these preventable deaths occur in developing countries, where adequate health services are often unavailable or inaccessible—leading many women to give birth in facilities that do not offer safe and effective care, or at home without a skilled provider. Simple, low-cost solutions can improve the health and save the lives of women and babies who are the most in need. Materials here contain up-to-date, evidence-based guidance on providing comprehensive maternal and newborn health care in such limited-resource settings.