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Antenatal care is a system of regular medical check-ups throughout the course of pregnancy, to monitor and enhance the safety and wellbeing of both mother and child.
There is a strong relationship between regular antenatal care and positive child health outcomes. Women who do not receive antenatal care are more likely to have adverse pregnancy outcomes, including preterm birth, post-partum haemorrhage, babies with low birth weight and perinatal death.
The National Indigenous Reform Agreement sets a benchmark of at least five antenatal visits during pregnancy.
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The figure shows the proportion of women who had at least five antenatal visits during pregnancy, 2010 to 2018. The proportion was 93.8% for 2018.
Source: AIHW National Perinatal Data Collection
See the supplementary data tables for further information and footnotes about these data.
For more information on antenatal care, see the Australia’s mothers and babies data visualisations.
The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the quick reference guide.
This indicator aligns with the antenatal care indicator in the National Indigenous Reform Agreement, which sets a benchmark of at least five antenatal visits during pregnancy, and the numerator and denominator include women who gave birth at 32 weeks or more of gestation (whether resulting in live or still birth).
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