Antenatal care is the care you get from health professionals during your pregnancy. It’s sometimes called pregnancy care or maternity care. You’ll be offered appointments with a midwife, or sometimes a doctor who specializes in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician).

You should start your antenatal care as soon as possible once you know you’re pregnant. You can do this by contacting a health care professional at your nearest health facility.

What is antenatal care?

This is the care you receive while you’re pregnant to make sure you and your baby are as well as possible.

The midwife or doctor providing your antenatal care will:

  • check the health of you and your baby
  • give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy (including advice about healthy eating and exercise)
  • discuss your options and choices for your care during pregnancy, labor and birth
  • answer any questions you may have

Starting antenatal care at our department

To start your ANC care at our department you will need to have a referral from one of our affiliated health institutions that are nearest to you. After you get a referral you can visit our facility on all work days and work hours (Monday – Friday from 2:30 to 11:30 local time)