The importance of antenatal care for maternal health lies in its capacity for detection of preclinical or early morbid states in expectant mothers and the opportunity for health promotion that it permits. In many developing countries health promotion in antenatal clinics is limited to passive reception of a health talk and more passive communications through wall posters. The impact of this kind of intervention on health outcomes is at best limited. This commentary will focus on the potential of antenatal screening as a significant contributor to maternal mortality reduction in developing countries.
Last date updated on September, 2014