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WHO Recommendations on Postnatal Care of the Mother and Newborn. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2013 Oct.

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WHO Recommendations on Postnatal Care of the Mother and Newborn.

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The Departments of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health and Research of the World Health Organization gratefully acknowledge the contributions that many individuals and organizations made to the development of these guidelines.

Ebun Adejuyigbe, Wally Carlo, Guillermo Carroli, Agustin Conde-Agudelo, Sheena Currie, Indra Malik Goonavardhane, Ekawaty Lutfia Haksari, Ruby Jose, Tina Lavender, Joy Lawn, Carolyn Maclennan, Heather Scott, Mandisa Singata, Anita Zaidi, and Jun Jim Zhang served as members of the Guidelines Development Group (GDG) which developed the recommendations. James Neilson was the chair of the GDG and Vinod Kumar Paul was the chair of the newborn health subgroup of the GDG.

WHO staff members involved included Rajiv Bahl, João Paulo Dias De Souza, Metin Gülmezoglu, José Martines, Matthews Mathai, and Severin von Xylander.

M Jeeva Sankar of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, WHO Collaborating Centre for Training & Research in Newborn Care, and Carole Bedwell, Tina Lavender and Rebecca Smyth from the University of Manchester School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work assisted in compiling, synthesizing and evaluating the evidence underlying the recommendations.

Systematic reviews of evidence were conducted by Ramesh Agarwal, Marija Bucat, Haroldo Capurro, Guillermo Carroli, Branka Polic, Jehangir Khan, Alex Manu, Marko Mircetic, Luke Mullany, Juan Manuel Nardin, Vinod Kumar Paul, Jasna Petric, HPS Sachdev, Dario Sambunjak, M Jeeva Sankar, Anita Ursic and Irena Zakarija-Grokvic.

Various organizations were represented in the process by observers who provided valuable comments, including France Donnay (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation); Deborah Armbruster, Neal Brandes and Allisyn Moran (United States Agency for International Development); Luc de Bernis (United Nations Population Fund); and Jehangir Khan (Lund University).

The United States Agency for International Development provided financial support, without which this work could not have been completed.

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