5.3  Emotional support for the mother

When you arrive at the house, the first thing you need to ensure is that the mother and baby are not isolated from other family members for cultural reasons. You may have solved this problem during earlier conversations with the family, but during every visit make sure that the mother has all the necessary social support and that family members are visiting her regularly. Together with the community leaders you should try to bring an end to the practice of seclusion, keeping the new mother and baby away from social relations, if it is still practiced in your community. Instead, advise and explain to the woman to always have someone near her for the first 24 hours and family members should be in regular contact every day during the first week to respond quickly to any danger signs in her condition.

5.2.5  Preventing iron and folate deficiency

5.3.1  Fathers and other family members can help