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An intentional encounter between a pregnant woman and a midwife or doctor to assess and improve maternal and fetal well-being throughout pregnancy and prior to labour.



An antenatal care visit may occur in the following clinical settings:

  • antenatal outpatients clinic
  • specialist outpatient clinic
  • general practitioner surgery
  • obstetrician private room
  • community health centre
  • rural and remote health clinic
  • independent midwife practice setting including home of pregnant female


CPIU (Clinical Practice Improvement Unit) 2006. 3Centre consensus guidelines on antenatal care. Melbourne:3Centres Collaboration.
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