Antenatal Care

Caregiver listening for baby

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To orient the participant to key concepts in antenatal care (ANC), including the importance of focused (goal-directed) ANC.

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By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the global significance of ANC in light of the new model of focused (goal-directed) ANC
  • Explain the goals and principles of focused (goal-directed) ANC
  • Describe the elements of a focused (goal-directed) assessment
  • Explain the importance of screening for problems, rather than for the prediction of problems, in focused (goal-directed) ANC
  • Describe the components of individualized care provision, including the birth- and complication-readiness plan
  • Discuss the major issues in the prevention and treatment of anemia during pregnancy
  • Discuss the major issues in the prevention and treatment of malaria in pregnancy
  • Discuss the special considerations in the care of the pregnant woman who is infected with HIV
  • Discuss the special considerations in the care of the pregnant women who is infected with syphilis
  • Describe the signs and symptoms that may indicate major life-threatening complications during pregnancy
  • Discuss the programmatic issues involved in utilization of focused (goal-directed) ANC services
  • Discuss the programmatic issues involved in quality improvement, supervision, and monitoring of focused (goal-directed) ANC services


We greatly appreciate the invaluable help from the following individuals in developing this course:

  • Annie Clark, American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)
  • Sylvia Deganus, Tema General Hospital (Ghana)
  • Frances Ganges, Independent Consultant
  • Patricia Gomez, ACCESS
  • Quazi Monirul Islam, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Matthews Mathai, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Ellen Piwoz, Academy for Educational Development (AED)
  • Timothy Quick, USAID
  • Harshad Sanghvi, JHPIEGO
  • Jim Shelton, USAID
  • Mary Ellen Stanton, USAID
  • Patricia Stephenson, USAID
  • Teresa Tirabassi, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
  • Jelka Zupan, World Health Organization (WHO)


  • 2 hours


  • Friday, October 21, 2005

Course Authors: 

  • Barbara Deller, ACCESS

Course Managers: 

  • Chris Davis, INFO Project

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