Scientific basis for the content of routine antenatal care. I. Philosophy, recent studies, and power to eliminate or alleviate adverse maternal outcomes.

@article{Villar1997ScientificBF,
  title={Scientific basis for the content of routine antenatal care. I. Philosophy, recent studies, and power to eliminate or alleviate adverse maternal outcomes.},
  author={Jos{\'e} Villar and Per B Bergsj\o},
  journal={Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica},
  year={1997},
  volume={76 1},
  pages={1-14}
}
BACKGROUND Scope and content of antenatal care programs are ritualistic rather than evidence-based. We wanted to identify elements of antenatal care which are of proven benefit in preventing or ameliorating specific adverse outcomes in the mother: bleeding, anemia, preeclampsia, sepsis and genito-urinary infection and obstructed labor. METHODS Review of recent literature, especially randomized controlled trials. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS Recent trials indicate that fewer routine visits for… CONTINUE READING
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