From a biological perspective maternal and newborn health are inextricably linked; yet, program efforts addressing the health of mothers and infants are often planned, managed and delivered separately. A persistent divide between maternal and newborn health training, programs, service delivery, monitoring and quality improvement systems limits effectiveness to improve outcomes. As pregnancy represents an important window of opportunity for both women and the fetus/newborns, more attention is needed on integrating these critical areas of health in order for outcomes to improve.
In an effort to build bridges between the maternal and newborn health communities, Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) at Save the Children and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at the Harvard School of Public Health convened a technical consultation that brought key members of the maternal and newborn health communities together to identify opportunities for integrated quality care during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods.
The MHTF and SNL, through its Healthy Newborn Network platform, disseminated themes and commitments from the meeting by livetweeting with the hashtag #MNHIntegration. Find the archive for Day 1 and Day 2 on Storify.
View a PDF of the recommended actions that came out of the meeting.
View a PDF of the maternal and newborn health meeting report.
View a PDF of the maternal and newborn health technical agenda.
View a PDF of the maternal and newborn health technical participant list.
View a PDF of the maternal and newborn health technical meeting concept note.
- Integration in pursuit of quality and equity
- Performance Gaps and the cost of inaction – panel discussion
- The value and limitations of the continuum of care framework
- Barriers and opportunities for integration of care
- Reality Check: Reflections from a midwife on real world challenges