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Get in the Group — Early, Easily, Often

Group antenatal care in India is changing the prenatal paradigm for pregnant women in remote villages

Rajasthan, India — Hira Devi married early last year and was expecting her first child a short while later. A 19-year-old living in a rural village tucked away in the mountains of India’s Aravali Range, Hira was focused on farming, family and her household chores.

One thing she wasn’t focused on? Antenatal care.

“There is so much to be done during the day! Where is the time to rest?” Hira said. Or to make the winding, mountainous — and in the rainy season, often treacherous — journey 10 kilometers to the nearest health facility.

She’s not alone. Across her region, just 9.7% of pregnant women receive four or more antenatal care (ANC) appointments, the minimum recommended by global health experts

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Jhpiego believes that when women are healthy, families and communities are strong. We won’t rest until all women and their families—no matter where they live—can access the health care they need to pursue happy and productive lives.

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