Antenatal care in the first trimester

Chart title: Antenatal care in the first trimester for all women giving birth, by State/territory of birth and all Australia, 2011 to 2018.

This chart shows the proportion of antenatal care in the first trimester for all women giving birth, by state/territory of birth, 2011 to 2018.  Data can be viewed for each state/territory of birth, and for all Australia. The proportion for all Australian mothers increased from 65.9% in 2011 to 74.4% in 2018.

Clinical commentary

Antenatal care is a system of regular assessments by a midwife or doctor throughout the course of the pregnancy that provides the opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles, screen for and—if necessary—treat health problems to benefit both mother and baby (WHO 2016). Commencing regular antenatal care in the first trimester (before 14 weeks of gestation) is associated with better maternal health in pregnancy, fewer interventions in late pregnancy and positive child health outcomes (AIHW 2020; DoH 2018).

The first contact with a woman in the antenatal period may be when she attends primary care usually a general practitioner (GP), to confirm the pregnancy. Women will either start antenatal care at that point or be referred to a maternity care provider or service; for example, a midwife, obstetrician, GP, or Aboriginal health service (DoH 2018).

Indicator specifications and data

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References

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2020. Australia’s mothers and babies 2018–in brief. Perinatal statistics series no. 36 Cat. No. PER 108. Canberra: AIHW.

DoH (Department of Health) 2018. Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pregnancy Care. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health.

WHO (World Health Organization) 2016. WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience. Geneva: WHO.