Postnatal Care, with a Focus on Home Visitation: A Design Decision-Aid For Policymakers And Program Managers

by Stephen Hodgins, Robert McPherson, Kate Kerber et al.
Maternal and Child Survival Program, April 2017

32 pp. 714 kB

This document provides practical guidance on how to design an optimal mix of service delivery approaches for the postnatal period that are responsive to the conditions of the setting, understands the needs of mothers and newborns, and can be feasibly implemented effectively at scale. The guidance offers key considerations when designing a postnatal care (PNC) strategy, informed by lessons drawn from public-sector experience attempting to implement postnatal home visitation (PNHV) programs at scale. Home visitation is understood as an approach for providing specific services or interventions rather than as a simple “evidence-based” intervention.

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