an·​te·​na·​tal | \ ˌan-ti-ˈnā-tᵊl How to pronounce antenatal (audio) \

Definition of antenatal

chiefly British
: prenatal antenatal diagnosis of birth defects

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Other Words from antenatal

antenatally \ ˌan-​ti-​ˈnā-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce antenatal (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web His mother received antenatal care and gave birth in a medical facility, where health professionals encouraged skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding. New York Times, "How Long Will This Child Live?," 29 Apr. 2021 The patient is a pregnant woman being admitted for delivery or presenting for prenatal care, ultrasound, genetic counseling and/or associated procedure, antenatal testing, or other prenatal visit. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Beaumont Farmington Hills tightens visitor rules because of uptick in COVID-19 cases," 12 Aug. 2020 Last year, another study linked the work of ASHAs to a rise in antenatal care visits and a near doubling of institutional deliveries, or babies born inside a health facility. Hema Ramaprasad And Reshmi Chakraborty, CNN, "India's rural health care workers push for more coronavirus pay," 31 May 2020 And antenatal corticosteroids will be rolled out around the world to treat lung disorders that are a major cause of newborn mortality. Stat Staff, STAT, "What will 2020 bring for medicine and science? We asked 16 leaders for predictions," 30 Dec. 2019 Pregnancy, Prescribed Prenatal depression (also known as antenatal depression) is a type of clinical depression that affects women during their pregnancy. Glamour, "The Stigma of Being a Medicated Mom," 3 Dec. 2019 For example, a couple at your antenatal class declare their plan to delay vaccination. Maryke Steffens, Quartz, "Four ways to talk with vaccine skeptics," 2 Nov. 2019 Part of the solution to infant mortality is making sure emotional care is part of antenatal care. cleveland, "Birthing Beautiful Babies wants to fix ‘terrifying reality’ of black infant mortality in Ohio: Cleveland Champions," 25 Nov. 2019 The impact evaluation found that 21 months after the intervention, women experienced less intimate partner violence, men went to more antenatal clinic visits with their wives, and men reported better supporting their wives during pregnancy. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Rwanda’s radical plan to reduce poverty by harnessing fathers’ love," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of antenatal

1796, in the meaning defined above

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an·​te·​na·​tal | \ -ˈnāt-ᵊl How to pronounce antenatal (audio) \

Medical Definition of antenatal

chiefly British
: prenatal antenatal diagnosis of birth defects antenatal patients antenatal clinics

Other Words from antenatal

antenatally \ -​ē How to pronounce antenatal (audio) \ adverb
Altogether 57 cases from 31,000 pregnancies were detected antenatally. — Tim Radford, The Guardian (London), 3 Mar. 2000

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