2.3 Antenatal care

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.

For all indicator displays, where all years of data are comparable over time an ‘All’ category will be provided as an option in the ‘Year’ drop down display. If only a selection of specific years are comparable, these years (e.g. 2017 to 2019) will be provided as an option under ‘Year’ and ‘All’ will not be an option. See the footnotes for this indicator in the supplementary tables hyperlink below for further information.

See the XLS Downloadsupplementary table for this indicator for further information and footnotes about these data.

Indicator technical specifications

The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the quick reference guide.

National Framework Indicator 2.3 Antenatal care: Proportion of women who had at least five antenatal visits during pregnancy
  Definition Data source
Numerator Number of women who gave birth at 32 weeks or more gestation, who had at least five antenatal visits during pregnancy AIHW National Perinatal Data Collection
Denominator Number of women who gave birth at 32 weeks or more gestation, in the reference period AIHW National Perinatal Data Collection

Explanatory notes

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).

See the XLS Downloadsupplementary table for this indicator for further information and footnotes about these data.