What is maternity care?
Is it just taking care of women and babies?
Putting it simply, yes. But it’s not just about to care at the time of birth.
Maternity care refers to the health services provided to women, babies, and families throughout the whole pregnancy, during labour and birth, and after birth for up to six weeks.
It can include monitoring the health and well-being of the mother and baby, health education, and assistance during labour and birth.
Support after birth is important, too, making sure the mother and baby are healthy and well and providing breastfeeding guidance.