Antenatal care is the care you receive from healthcare professionals during your pregnancy. You'll be offered a series of appointments with a doctor, or sometimes with a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician).
They will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information about being pregnant, and answer any questions you may have. You will also be offered antenatal classes, including breastfeeding workshops.
Today the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) of Bangladesh operates 97 maternal & child welfare centres (24 in union level, 12 in upazila level and 61 in district level), 471 MCH-FP clinics (407 inupazila level and 64 in district level) and 8 model clinics (2 at national level and 6 at regional levels). DGFP organizes 30,000 makeshift satellite clinics each month. It also supports operation of 179 NGO clinics (27 in union level, 86 in upazila level, 44 in district level and 22 in national level). [source: Health Bulletin 2010]