The power of pregnancy clubs: new research on group antenatal care

Added on : 28 June 2019

By: Quality of Care Network Secretariat

Join a MSH webinar exploring the role of pregnancy clubs as a model to improve quality of care for pregnant women on Wednesday 10 July, at 9 am EST. Register

A growing body of evidence shows that many women in low- and middle-income countries are not getting the respectful, supportive, high-quality antenatal care (ANC) they need and expect. Quality ANC is essential for a healthy pregnancy and has an important role in fostering a positive pregnancy experience.  Group ANC models—pregnancy clubs—are emerging as a promising innovation to improve the quality of care women receive and provide them with information and social support. 

MSH and Scope (formerly M4ID) will share lessons learned from using human-centered design to adapt pregnancy clubs to local contexts in Uganda, Kenya, and Guatemala—as well as results from testing the effectiveness, feasibility, and acceptability of group ANC.

This is MSH’s fourth webinar in its series, “Quality of Care: An Essential Pillar to Achieve Universal Health Coverage for Women, Children, and Adolescents.” 

Photo: Pregnant women await antenatal care services at Apeitolin II, a hard to reach area in Karamoja sub-region, Uganda, in July 2018. © UNICEF/UN0232675/Adriko