WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience

The World Health Organization (WHO) envisions a world where every pregnant woman and newborn receives quality care throughout the pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. Within the continuum of reproductive health care, antenatal care (ANC) provides a platform for important health-care 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. Crucially, ANC also provides the opportunity to communicate with and support women, families and communities at a critical time in the course of a woman’s
life. The process of developing these recommendations on ANC has highlighted the importance of providing effective communication about physiological, biomedical, behavioural and sociocultural issues, and effective support, including social, cultural, emotional and psychological support, to pregnant women in a respectful way.
These communication and support functions of ANC are key, not only to saving lives, but to improving lives, health-care utilization and quality of care. Women’s positive experiences during ANC and childbirth can create the foundations for healthy motherhood.

WHO-Recommendations-for-Positive-Pregnancy-Experience.pdf (3.72 MB)