Idea for Action Summary
It is vital that pregnant women and new parents have access to quality pre- and postnatal health check-ups, and that they actively utilise the service.
For pregnant women, this involves at least four antenatal visits to a health facility, with a qualified nurse, midwife or community health worker. For new parents, it involves at least four postnatal check-ups within six weeks post-partum, either at home or at a health facility, including one check-up within two days of delivery. In addition, adequate support should be provided to each woman and her partner, depending on their unique needs and circumstances. Learn more about how antenatal and postnatal care reduces infant and child mortality.
Governments can play an important role in ensuring that meaningful check-ups remain accessible and affordable for families. Some possible solutions, such as the co-location of child and family services and the creation of baby, toddler and caregiver zones within neighbourhoods, have been successful in encouraging access and increasing relevant referrals, while reducing caregiver stress. These solutions also increase the impact of various early childhood services, and encourage knowledge sharing across sectors.