WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience

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– 2016, WHO. English.
– This comprehensive guideline is about routine antenatal care for pregnant women and adolescent girls, and was designed to complement existing WHO guidelines on the management of specific pregnancy-related complications. These recommendations are intended to inform the development of relevant health-care policies and clinical protocols.

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Within the continuum of reproductive health care, antenatal care (ANC) provides a platform for important healthcare functions, including health promotion, screening and diagnosis, and disease prevention. It has been established that, by implementing timely and appropriate evidence-based practices, ANC can save lives.

Endorsed by the UN Secretary-General, this is a comprehensive WHO guideline on routine ANC for pregnant women and adolescent girls. It aims to complement existing WHO guidelines on the management of specific pregnancy-related complications. The guidance aims to capture the complex nature of the issues surrounding ANC health care practices and delivery, and to prioritize person-centred health and well-being, not only the prevention of death and morbidity, in accordance with a human rights-based approach.

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