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13:00 - 14:00 8 June 2016

Group antenatal care (gANC) feasibility study to a diverse inner-city area


G1 Seminar Room, Social Science Research Unit | UCL Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Group antenatal care (gANC) has been proposed as an alternative to standard one-to-one antenatal care. It integrates clinical care with antenatal education and peer support and aims to increase women’s sense of agency. It has been successfully implemented in some national settings but its effectiveness has not been formally assessed in the UK.

In this seminar we will discuss the feasibility study that aimed to contribute to the development of a bespoke model of gANC: ‘Pregnancy Circles’, tailored to a UK inner-city area of high linguistic, socio-economic and ethnic diversity. The study aimed to explore the model’s acceptability to women and staff. Data from this study will feed into the design of the intervention and also the development of a pilot trial and, if successful, a full RCT of Pregnancy Circles.


Mary Sawtell