Abu Dhabi: The capital city's first pre-natal outreach campaign is to help educate married women in Abu Dhabi about how to prepare for a pregnancy, and offer a free, three-month supply of pre-natal vitamins.

Amira Wali, director of Public Health and Communications at Corniche Hospital, which is organising the campaign, told Gulf News that the first pre-natal outreach session would be on February 28 at the Women's Health Centre, and from then onwards once a month until the end of the year.

A total of 20 couples would be included at the start.

"If we get 100 women interested to sign up and attend our pre-pregnancy outreach programme today, we will think about offering more pre-natal classes," said Wali on the sidelines of the Bride Show Abu Dhabi.

As part of the campaign, a dedicated booth has been set up at the Bride Show which began yesterday and will run until February 5 at the National Exhibition Centre.

A team of female doctors, dieticians and health experts will be available at the booth to offer women free medical advice and a three-month supply of pre-natal vitamins.

Wali said: "We have a supply of 300,000 pre-natal tablets in 3,000 boxes, ranging from folic acid, calcium, iron, zinc, Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E which will be given to healthy women ... and to those who plan to attend our upcoming pre-natal session".

Women with medical conditions would be referred, she said.




9,000 to 10,000 babies are delivered a year at Corniche Hospital, who cover around 35 to 40 per cent of deliveries across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi each year



To sign up

If you are interested in attending the Corniche Hospital's Pre-Pregnancy Care campaign, you may contact the Women's Health Centre on 02-697-5888