Maternal & Newborn Health


The Maternal and Newborn Health Program currently focuses on two aspects of maternal health :

  • Improving access in order to care for pregnant mothers in vulnerable slum communities.
  • Building responsive public healthcare systems that provide quality maternal care.

How We Work

Our model aims to impact maternal and new born health in the urban areas, and adopts a two pronged strategy :

At the systems level, to improve the quality of care by facilitating initiation of quality antenatal clinics at health posts, the development and implementation of emergency obstetric referral protocols and coordinating periodic referral meetings to resolve inter facility bottlenecks in the management of emergency obstetric cases.

At the community level, to bring about behaviour change in pregnant women with the use of targeted communication and engagement strategies.

We work with the Municipal corporation of Mumbai and the Municipal corporations of Kalyan - Dombivali, Mira - Bhayander and Thane.


The Maternal and Newborn Program of SNEHA has recently received a grant by the World Heath Organization, under the call for proposals announced by the Implementation Research Platform, World Health Organization. The proposal has been selected for funding for two years after a rigorous process of screening of around 500 entries received from all over the globe. As part of the selection process, Sushma Shende, Program Director Maternal and Newborn Health and Dr Shanti Pantvaidya, Executive Director (Programs) attended a five day workshop on designing implementation research study protocols in Montreux, Switzerland between 21st and 26th January2013.

Won ICICI CNBC India Inclusive Award for strengthening primary health care for pregnant mothers.

Read our "Stories of Change"