Last reviewed 08/2022
Obstetrics has changed its emphasis from maternal disease to early detection and prevention of maternal and fetal problems. Antenatal management is thus used to ensure that:
- regular assessment is made on mother and fetus to detect any abnormalities that could harm either party
- the mother is prepared for labour and motherhood, both physically and psychologically
Screening tests not directly related to pregnancy are often carried out during ante-natal screening, for example, cervical smears. This opportunistic approach is undertaken because the mother may not attend conventional screening appointments.
antenatal and newborn screening