Antenatal care is a planned programme of medical care offered to pregnant women by a skilled birth attendant, from
the time of conception to delivery, aimed at ensuring a safe and satisfying pregnancy and birth outcome.

The main objective of antenatal care is to give information on:

  • Screening, prevention, and treatment of complications
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Birth planning
  • Satisfying any unmet nutritional, social, emotional, and physical needs of the pregnant woman
  • Provision of patient education, including successful care and nutrition of the newborn
  • Identification of high-risk pregnancy
  • Encouragement of male partner involvement in antenatal care