The Safe Motherhood Network Federation of Nepal (SMNF) was founded in june 1996 by the partnership of 26 professionals working in the area of womens rights and reproductive health. The founding members of the Network collaboratively funded it and joined hands in planning and implementing awareness and advocacy activities when safe motherhood was a non-issue in Nepal. Since its inception, SMNF promoted a rights-based approach and also worked in the broader spectrum of reproductive health. The Network adopted newborn health as a part of its mandate in 2004. Safe Motherhood Network registered as a Federation in Kathmandu on 28 March 2005 under CDO registration 46/061/062 and Social Council Registration number 17917.