Female—number of antenatal care visits, total N[N]
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Antenatal care visits|
|Synonymous names:||Number of antenatal care visits|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 20/11/2019|
The total number of antenatal care visits attended by a pregnant female.
|Data Element Concept:||Female—number of antenatal care visits|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||2|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Antenatal care visits are attributed to the pregnant female.
In rural and remote locations where a clinician or midwife is not employed, registered Aboriginal health workers and registered nurses may perform this role within the scope of their training and skill licence.
Include all pregnancy-related visits with medical officers where the medical officer has entered documentation related to that visit on the antenatal record of pregnancy and/or birth.
An antenatal care visit does not include:
Collect the total number of antenatal care visits for which there is documentation included in the antenatal record. To be collected once, after the onset of labour. Include all medical specialist appointments or medical specialist clinic appointments where the provider of the service event has documented the visit on the antenatal record.
Multiple visits on the same day should be recorded as one visit.
The scope and definition of antenatal care visits was developed through consultation with stakeholders from midwifery, obstetrics, perinatal data managers and other interested parties in 2010.
Antenatal care visits for females with an uncomplicated pregnancy should include advice, education, reassurance, support and treatment for minor problems of pregnancy, as well as effective screening throughout the pregnancy, to identify problems as they arise, with referral as appropriate (Breeze & Kean 2009).
The number of antenatal care visits is an indicator of access and use of health care during pregnancy. The antenatal period presents opportunities for reaching pregnant females with interventions that may be vital to their health and wellbeing and that of their infants. Receiving antenatal care at least eight times is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce perinatal mortality and improve women’s experience of care (WHO 2016).
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Breeze A & Kean L 2009. Routine antenatal management at the booking clinic. Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine 20(1):1–6.
Mercy Hospital for Women, Southern Health and Women's & Children's Health 2006. 3 Centres consensus guidelines on antenatal care. Melbourne: 3 Centres Collaboration.
WHO (World Health Organization) 2016. WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience. Geneva: WHO. Viewed 9 July 2019, https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/maternal_
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Female—number of antenatal care visits, total N[N] Health, Superseded 20/11/2019
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
Perinatal NMDS 2020–21 Health, Standard 20/11/2019