New guidelines on intrapartum care released by WHO

The World Health Organisation has released comprehensive and up to-date guidelines on essential intrapartum care to ensure good-quality and evidence-based care irrespective of the setting or level of health care in the region. These recommendations are not country or region specific, although they acknowledge the variations that exist globally in the availability of health services. They highlight the importance of woman-centred care to optimize the experience of labour and childbirth through a human rights-based approach. The target audience includes national and local public health policy-makers, implementers and managers of maternal and child health programmes, health care facility managers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), professional societies involved in the planning and management of maternal and child health services, health care professionals (including nurses, midwives, general medical practitioners and obstetricians) and academic staff involved in training health care professionals.