Pregnancy Care Guidelines

The Clinical Practice Guidelines - Pregnancy Care Guidelines (Pregnancy Care Guidelines) have been developed to provide a reliable and standard reference for health professionals providing antenatal care. They summarise the available evidence on many aspects of antenatal care and have been designed to improve the experience and outcomes of pregnancy care for Australian women and their families.

Page last updated: 12 February 2018

The Pregnancy Care Guidelines are designed to support Australian maternity services to provide high-quality, evidence-based antenatal care to healthy pregnant women. They are intended for all health professionals who contribute to antenatal care including midwives, obstetricians, general practitioners, practice nurses, maternal and child health nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and allied health professionals. They are implemented at national, state, territory and local levels to provide consistency of antenatal care in Australia and ensure maternity services provide high-quality, evidence-based maternity care. The Pregnancy Care Guidelines cover a wide range of topics including routine physical examinations, screening tests and social and lifestyle advice for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy.

The Pregnancy Care Guidelines were originally released in two modules known as the Clinical Practice Guidelines - Antenatal Care (Antenatal Care Guidelines). Modules 1 and 2 of the Antenatal Care Guidelines have now been combined and updated to form a single set of consolidated guidelines that were renamed Pregnancy Care Guidelines and publicly released in February 2018.

A further update of the guidelines is expected to be released late in 2019.

Clinical Practice Guidelines - Pregnancy Care (PDF 5729 KB)
Clinical Practice Guidelines - Pregnancy Care (Word 3618 KB)

Accompanying documents:

Clinical Practice Guidelines - Pregnancy Care – Short-form guidelines (PDF 1979 KB)
Clinical Practice Guidelines - Pregnancy Care – Short-form guidelines (Word 1391 KB)

Clinical Practice Guidelines - Pregnancy Care – Administrative Report (PDF 1758 KB)
Clinical Practice Guidelines - Pregnancy Care – Administrative Report (Word 1180 KB)

Clinical Practice Guidelines – Pregnancy Care – Linking evidence to recommendations (PDF 2183 KB)
Clinical Practice Guidelines – Pregnancy Care – Linking evidence to recommendations (Word 1309 KB)

Clinical Practice Guidelines – Pregnancy Care – Economic analyses (PDF 1804 KB)
Clinical Practice Guidelines – Pregnancy Care – Economic analyses (Word 1298 KB)