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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

WHO latest guidelines recommends eight Antenatal visits for Pregnant women to reduce risk of stillbirth


The World Health Organisation has advised that women should have at least eight visits with midwives or health workers before they give birth, which is double the previous recommendation.

The new model increases maternal and fetal assessments to detect problems, improves communication between health providers and pregnant women, and increases the likelihood of positive pregnancy outcomes. It recommends pregnant women to have their first contact in the first 12 weeks’ gestation, with subsequent contacts taking place at 20, 26, 30, 34, 36, 38 and 40 weeks’ gestation.

In the news release, Dr. Ian Askew, Director of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO says,

 "Pregnancy should be a positive experience for all women and they should receive care that respects their dignity."

"If women are to use antenatal care services and come back when it is time to have their baby, they must receive good quality care throughout their pregnancy," 

Last year, an estimated 303 000 women died from pregnancy-related causes, 2.7 million babies died during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million babies were stillborn. Quality health care during pregnancy and childbirth can prevent many of these deaths, yet globally only 64% of women receive antenatal (prenatal) care four or more times throughout their pregnancy. 

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