High-quality, patient-centered antenatal care (ANC) is critical for maternal and newborn survival and well-being. Yet, in Kenya, less than half of women complete four or more ANC visits, long recommended by the World Health Organization, and deliver with a skilled birth attendant. Traditional one-on-one ANC, the standard of care in Kenya, often does not meet women’s and adolescents’ needs for information, support, and high-quality clinical care.
With funding by UK aid from the British people and support from the County Innovation Challenge Fund, the Lea Mimba ("Take care of your pregnancy") Project offers a group ANC model that promotes self-care and social support, as an alternative to traditional ANC, in Kakamega County, Kenya. In partnership with the Kenya Progressive Nurses Association, and in close collaboration with the County Health Management Team, MSH is testing and evaluating this group ANC model--a pregnancy club--that provides a safe space where pregnant women can share experiences, receive essential health information from a midwife or other skilled provider, and track and better understand the progress of their pregnancies.
Lea Mimba aims to improve maternal and newborn health in Kakamega County by increasing women's and adolescents' use of ANC services, improving the quality of care, ensuring respectful care, and supporting healthy behaviors during pregnancy.