Division of Maternal and Newborn Health

The Division of Maternal and Newborn Health covers the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, as well as issues related to newborn health during the first month of life.

The division also covers the impact of pregnancy on women’s long-term health. The activity within the division is closely related to UN Sustainable Development Goal number 3, especially goals 3.1. and 3.2 on reducing maternal mortality and child mortality under five years of age. Collaboration is the key to making progress within the field of maternal and neonatal health.

The FIGO Division of Maternal and Newborn Health includes five committees: Impact of Pregnancy on Long-Term Health, Childbirth and Postpartum Haemorrhage, Preterm Birth, Infection during Pregnancy, and Health Systems Strengthening and Respectful Care.


We can make a difference – a difference between life and death for mothers and children in the world. We need to work together on the global and local stages with other international organisations and within our communities. To be successful, we need to work on the societal level and also help our colleagues who are the “boots on the ground” to pick the low-hanging fruits in medical practice to reduce newborn mortality and improve longterm health.

– Bo Jacobsson, Director of the Division of Maternal and Newborn Health

Division Director

Professor Bo Jacobsson, Sweden

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