Sexual and reproductive health

Antenatal care in developing countries. Promises, achievements and missed opportunities: an analysis of trends, levels and differentials

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Publication details

Number of pages: 36
Publication date: 2003
Languages: English
ISBN: 92 4 159094 7 - Web only


This document seeks to provide clear evidence-based answers to questions such as: Why does antenatal care matter? What should antenatal care consist of? How is use of antenatal care measured? What is known about current use of antenatal care? and What is known about recent trends in antenatal care? It also reviews the issue of how many visits to the clinic are required for sound antenatal care.