Mother and Baby Care for Community Health Workers

Mother and Baby Care is a guide for community health workers. It was developed alongside health workers in under-resourced and rural settings.

Working in their own study groups, community health workers can use this guide to learn how to:

  • care for a mother during and after pregnancy
  • help parents care for their newborn baby
  • identify common problems in newborn babies
  • explain the importance of exclusive breastfeeding
  • understand and care for HIV-positive mothers.
  • Full title: Mother and Baby Care for Community Health Workers:
  • Author(s): Perinatal Mental Health Project
  • With contributor(s): Illustrations by Graeme Arendse, adapted for low-bandwidth access by Kevin Shelley
  • Print ISBN: 978-1-928313-15-1
  • Reflowable ebook ISBN: 978-1-928313-15-1
  • PDF-ebook ISBN: 978-1-928313-15-1


We acknowledge all the participants of the Skills to Care Learning Programme who have made suggestions and offered constructive criticism during the development of this course book. It is only through constant feedback from colleagues and participants that the content of the course book can be improved.

Bettercare would like to gratefully acknowledge the contribution of Small Projects Foundation (SPF) in supporting this pilot project. SPF is a conscientious non-governmental organisation that has contributed to community empowerment and development in the Eastern Cape and across South Africa.

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