Sexual and reproductive health

WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience


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Number of pages: 152
Publication date: 2016
Languages: English, French, Russian
Price: CHF 40.00 / US$ 48.00 Developing countries: CHF 28.00
ISBN: 978 92 4 154991 2


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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.

"To achieve the Every Woman Every Child vision and the Global Strategy for Women's Children's and Adolescents' Health, we need innovative, evidence-based approaches to antenatal care. I welcome these guidelines, which aim to put women at the centre of care, enhancing their experience of pregnancy and ensuring that babies have the best possible start in life." Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

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