WHO recommendations: intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

This comprehensive and consolidated guideline on essential intrapartum care brings together new and existing World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to ensure good-quality and evidence-based care irrespective of the setting or level of the health care facility. The recommendations presented in this guideline are neither country nor region specific and acknowledge the variations that exist globally as to the level of available health services within and between countries. The guideline highlights the importance of woman centered care to optimize the experience of labor and childbirth for women and their babies through a holistic, human rights-based approach. It introduces a global model of intrapartum care, which takes into account the complexity and diverse nature of prevailing models of care and contemporary practice.