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WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience

A WHO guideline provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on routine antenatal care (ANC). The guidance aims to capture the complex nature of the issues surrounding ANC health care practices and delivery and to prioritise person-centred health and well-being — not only the prevention of death and morbidity. 

Who is it for? 

For use by a wide audience including national and local policymakers, implementers and managers of national and local maternal and child health programmes, non-governmental organisations and professional societies involved in the planning and management of maternal and child health services, health professionals (obstetricians, midwives, nurses, general medical practitioners), academic staff involved in training health professionals, managers of maternal and child health programmes, and public health policymakers in all settings. 

Why is it useful? 

  • The guideline addresses these two questions: (i) What are the evidence-based practices during ANC that improve outcomes and lead to a positive pregnancy experience? and (ii) How should these practices be delivered?  
  • The guideline covers recommendations in various areas including nutrition, maternal and foetal assessment, preventative measures, interventions for common physiological symptoms and interventions to improve antenatal care utilisation and quality of care. 
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