New WHO antenatal care model-quality worth paying for?


The 2016 WHO guidelines on antenatal care1 were published earlier this month and are widely welcomed because they are not only academically robust, but also relevant to end-users and patients. The guidelines cover antenatal care for normal pregnancies and have adopted a woman-centred, holistic approach to care. They cover nutritional interventions, maternal and fetal assessment, preventive measures, interventions for common physiological pregnancy symptoms, and health systems interventions to improve the use and quality of antenatal care.

Authors & affiliation: 
Weeks A1, Temmerman M2. Author information 1Sanyu Research Unit, Department of Women's and Children's Health, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK; Maternity Division, Liverpool Women's Hospital, Liverpool, UK. 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Aga Khan University, East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya; Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium. Electronic address:
Published In: 
Lancet. 2016 Nov 26;388(10060):2574-2575. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32233-4.
Publication date: 
Saturday, November 26, 2016