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UNICEF and Montenegrin Ministry of Health present guidelines for postnatal care of women and babies

PODGORICA, 18 June 2014 - UNICEF Montenegro and the Ministry of Health presented three guidelines for routine postnatal care of women and babies.

The guidelines, developed by the Ministry of Health with UNICEF’s support, present the postnatal care practice which is in accordance with the latest results in the evidence based medicine with the aim of improving the quality of Montenegrin health care system.

Minister of Health Miodrag Radunovic speaking about the importance of guidelines for routine postnatal care of women and babies – UNICEF Montenegro / Dalibor Ševaljević / 2014

By following these guidelines, Montenegrin doctors will provide the best possible health care for women and babies in the postnatal period.

"All women and newborns, regardless of their socio-economic status, culture, race or other orientation and origin, have the right to the highest attainable standards of health," said UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks at a press conference in Podgorica on Wednesday.

Although for most women and babies in Montenegro, the postnatal period runs without any complications, care during this period needs to address any deviations from the expected recovery after birth. Therefore, the guidelines - Care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth, Neonatal jaundice and Routine postnatal care - also provide advice on interventions and procedures when additional postnatal care is needed.

According to Perks, "it is encouraging to know that Montenegro is a country with a low infant mortality rate (5.7 per 1000 live births in 2009) and with a good network of accessible primary health care and hospital facilities with appropriate supply and availability of essential support. However, care and attention provided to women and newborns are equally important for ensuring a safe motherhood and childbirth."

UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks answering the questions from journalists during the presentation of the guidelines – UNICEF Montenegro / Dalibor Ševaljević / 2014

For this reason, UNICEF supported the Ministry of Health to conduct the Assessment of the Safety and Quality of Hospital Care for Mothers and New-born Babies in Montenegro with the purpose of identifying areas that require further improvements.

Minister of Health Miodrag Radunovic, highlighted the commitment to continue improving the health care practices in the country. “All of us who create health policy and who care about the health of the population are obliged to enable expectant mothers to bring their offspring into the world in the best possible conditions. As part of the continuation of cooperation with UNICEF, the Ministry of Health will, by the end of the year, develop guidelines for performing a caesarean section and for monitoring complications in pregnancy, which will significantly contribute to the improvement of standards in this area," Radunovic said.

In future, UNICEF will support the Government to continue introducing the best evidence based medical practices in the perinatal care, as well as to ensure continuous monitoring and regular revision and updating of the health care practices.



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