High quality prenatal or antenatal care (ANC) is an essential component of the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health continuum of care. During the critical prenatal period, health care providers can educate women about healthy pregnancy behaviors, danger signs of complications, breastfeeding and family planning; identify and treat pregnancy-related conditions such as pre-eclampsia/eclampsia; refer mothers to specialized care when necessary; encourage the use of a skilled birth attendant; and minimize the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. For many women around the world, an ANC visit is their first adult contact with the health care system, serving as a gateway to health services both during and beyond maternity care. In addition to diagnosing and managing pregnancy-related complications, ANC provides an opportunity to screen for and treat other chronic conditions and non-communicable diseases. The newest guidelines from the World Health Organization recommend that women attend 8 ANC visits.
Conditions We Treat:-
- Postural Problems
- Aches & Pains
- Muscle Weakness
- Ante Natal & Post Natal Fitness
- Weight Management
- Post C- Section Management
Globally, 85% of pregnant women attend at least one ANC visit with a skilled health professional, and 58% attend at least 4 ANC visits. However, ANC utilization varies within and among countries: One study found that the percentage of women who attended at least 4 ANC visits ranged from 18% in Guatemala to 81% in Nicaragua. A number of factors including socioeconomic status, place of residence and education level affect a woman’s likelihood of attending ANC, contributing to enormous disparities in access and utilization.
Maximizing the life-saving potential of ANC requires health systems strengthening, which includes ensuring adequate training, supplies and infrastructure and a focus on quality.
Historically, the global maternal health community has largely focused on access to high quality maternity care during pregnancy, labor and delivery. The postnatal or postpartum period, defined as the six weeks following delivery, is equally important.
A groundbreaking 1996 literature review found that greater than 60% of global maternal deaths occur during the postnatal period. According to that review, 45% of postpartum maternal deaths occur within one day of delivery, approximately 65% occur within one week and roughly 80% occur within two weeks. Postpartum hemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal deaths around the world. While the risk of maternal death is greatest during labor, delivery and within the first few days following birth, some evidence indicates that women are vulnerable up to six months postpartum. The postnatal period is critical for newborns as well: More than a third of child deaths occur during the neonatal period, and approximately three quarters of neonatal deaths occur within the first week of life.