In the past, maternal health in the community paid emphasis only on quality parental care during pregnancy and delivery. But they neglect the period in which the baby and new mother need attention. This six-week period is referred to as postpartum.
Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide. Although the risk of maternal death is highest during childbirth and in the first few days after delivery, there is evidence that women are at risk for up to six months after giving birth. It is essential to provide best postnatal care and emergency services for new mothers.
Timely care is essential for the health of both mother and newborn. Postnatal visits provide opportunities to facilitate a healthy diet and monitor newborn growth and overall health.
The World Health Organization recommends that all women and newborns have at least three puerperal appointments, the first between 48 and 60 hours, the second between 7 and 14 days, and the third six weeks after birth.
According to the latest national data, an average of 58% of women worldwide visit after delivery, and an average of 28% of women bring their children with them for postnatal checkups. Hence, it is always recommended to have postnatal checkups which are beneficial for you as well as your baby.