J Prev Med Public Health.  2021 Jan;54(1):81-84. 10.3961/jpmph.20.349.

Group Antenatal Care: A Paradigm Shift to Explore for Positive Impacts in Resource-poor Settings

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  • 1Department of Community Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute (MGMCRI), Puducherry, India
  • 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, India

Abstract

The delivery of high-quality antenatal care is a perennial global concern for improving maternal and neonatal outcomes. Antenatal care is currently provided mainly on a one-to-one basis, but growing evidence has emerged to support the effectiveness of group antenatal care. Providing care in a small group gives expectant mothers the opportunity to have discussions with their peers about certain issues and concerns that are unique to them and to form a support system that will improve the quality and utilization of antenatal care services. The aim of this article is to promote group antenatal care as a means to increase utilization of healthcare.

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Prenatal care; Group antenatal care; Preventive health services; Maternal health services; Pregnant women
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