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Respectful maternal and newborn care: building a common agenda

Publish Date: May 2015
Author: Emma Sacks, Mary V. Kinney

This MCSP co-authored commentary, published in the journal BMC Reproductive Health, provides examples from literature and other sources of where respectful care for newborns has been lacking, and suggests opportunities for integration of maternal and newborn health care going forward. The authors illustrate the need for respectful treatment and consideration across the continuum of care for mothers, stillbirths, and all newborns (including those born too soon and those who die in infancy). They stress the need to document cases of neglect and abuse, count all births and deaths, and to include newborns and stillbirths in the respectful care agenda and the post-2015 global reproductive care frameworks.