National Evidence-Based Antenatal Care Guidelines

Tue, 26/03/2013

Module 1 of the National Evidence-based Antenatal Care Guidelines has now been released.

The Guidelines are designed to support Australian maternity services to provide high-quality, evidence-based antenatal care to healthy pregnant women. The Guidelines will assist health care professionals who contribute to antenatal care including: midwives, general practitioners, obstetricians, maternal and child health nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, practice nurses and allied health professionals. The recommendations cover a wide range of care including routine physical examinations, screening tests and social and lifestyle advice for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy.

The development of the Guidelines has been undertaken in two Modules. Module 1 of the Guidelines which is available here covers care in the first trimester of pregnancy. Module 2 is in development.

Module 1 contains chapters on ‘Providing woman-centred care’, ‘Antenatal care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’ and ‘Population groups with specific care needs’ such as women in rural and remote areas. Clinical topics covered relate to antenatal visits, clinical assessments, screening of maternal and fetal health, and lifestyle considerations. The Guidelines complement the Australian Dietary Guidelines, the Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol, the National Perinatal Depression Initiative and the Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy 2010-2015.

Access the module here.