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Topic: Prenatal care


In the News (Wed 24 Jul 19)

  
  Resources:Health Fact Sheets::Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is the health care that helps you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Prenatal care starts with your first visit to a prenatal health care provider who is trained to take care of you and your baby during pregnancy.
Prenatal care is not just for you and your baby; the baby’s father, family members, or close friends can participate and make you feel closer to the baby from the start.
www.hispanichealth.org /whatisprecare.lasso   (493 words)

  
 Prenatal Care
Mothers who fail to receive early prenatal care and regular prenatal care are at higher risk of delivering low birthweight infants and having their infants die before their first birthday.
Early and continuous prenatal care is one of the most effective strategies for ensuring the birth of a healthy baby.
Inadequate prenatal care can lead to increased costs from extended hospital stays and medical treatment for critically ill babies, lifetime medical care, and special services for children with developmental problems caused by low birthweight.
www.dekidscount.org /indicatorwebsites/f10prenatalcare.html   (105 words)

  
 Funding Prenatal Care for Unauthorized Immigrants
Prenatal care is widely acknowledged as the most cost-effective way to improve the outcome of pregnancy for all women and infants.
The care is especially beneficial for undocumented women, many of whom live in poverty, are uninsured, have a number of risk factors for poor birth outcomes and are likely to initiate prenatal care with unmet health needs.
In addition to the cost savings associated with prenatal care, such care offers many undocumented women their first exposure to the United States health care system as well as their first opportunity since entering the United States to be screened and treated for communicable diseases.
www.ncsl.org /statefed/PRENATAL.HTM   (989 words)

  
 Compass Measure - Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is particularly important because it substantially decreases the risk of fetal mortality (Centers for Disease Control).
Despite having prenatal care rates that are lower than the national rate, Larimer County and Colorado have consistently lower infant mortality rates (3.6 and 6.3 respectively in 2004) than the national rate (6.6 in 2004).
Within the Hispanic community there is a strong informal system of prenatal care that guides women through their pregnancy including a strong cultural support for maternity, healthy dietary practices and a wide social support system that includes family, friends, community members and lay health workers (American Journal of Public Health).
www.larimer.org /compass/prenatal_care_h_physical.htm   (631 words)

  
 Child Health Library - Pregnancy and Childbirth - Prenatal Medical Care
As soon as a woman discovers she is pregnant, she should establish a schedule of prenatal care with her physician for the entire duration of the pregnancy.
The goal of prenatal care is not only to provide the best care for the pregnant woman and the unborn child, but also to prepare the mother-to-be for the delivery of a healthy baby.
During prenatal visits, tests are performed on both the mother and the baby to assess any potential risks, to treat any maternal or fetal complications, and to monitor the growth and development of the fetus.
www.chp.edu /greystone/pregnant/prenatal.php   (424 words)

  
 Prenatal Care | Health Promotion
One of the key elements in the outcome of a pregnancy is prenatal care.
“Prenatal” means “before birth,” but optimal pregnancy care is not only prenatal, but in fact “pre-pregnancy.” A mother’s behavior during pregnancy, as well as her general health even before pregnancy, influences her child’s health.
Proper medical care during pregnancy is vital not only to a woman’s health, but also to the health of the fetus.
www.ehd.org /health_promotion_prenatalcare.php   (452 words)

  
 Prenatal care - Family Health services
Prenatal care is the health care women receive throughout pregnancy – starting as soon as the woman knows she’s pregnant until thebaby is born.
Prenatal care consists of regular examinations to check the expectant mother's blood pressure, weight, changes in the size of the uterus, and to check the urine for signs of infection or too much sugar.
Prenatal care is very important because during the period when the infant is in-utero, a diagnosis of disease and developmental defects can be made.
www.state.nj.us /health/fhs/prenatal/prenatalcare.shtml   (329 words)

  
 Getting The Right Prenatal Care Information on Healthline
Prenatal care is extremely important for both you and your baby.
An obstetrician is qualified to provide prenatal care and labor and delivery care to women who have medical problems or particular concerns during their pregnancy.
Some practices provide prenatal care from both doctors and midwives and then have you choose the type of provider you want to attend your delivery depending on your preference in style of management.
www.healthline.com /yodocontent/pregnancy/right-prenatal-care.html   (1385 words)

  
 Do-It-Yourself Prenatal Care   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Second, if you realize that prenatal care is not necessary, it's not much of a stretch to decide that the presence of the doctor is not necessary at the birth either.
Prenatal care is the simple process which can be carried out by any pregnant woman pursuing an unhindered pregnancy in the privacy of her own home.
They do their very own prenatal care and keep very meticulous records of the readings in case at any time that information might be needed for truly necessary medical care.
www.unhinderedliving.com /prenatal.html   (2072 words)

  
 Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is more than just health care as it often includes education and counseling about different aspects of pregnancy.
Prenatal care visits are usually once a month during the first two trimesters (from week one to week 28 of pregnancy), every two weeks from week 28 to week 36, and then weekly after week 36 until delivery (which is usually between week 38 and 40 weeks).
CNMs usually provide care to those women that are free of medical problems and have a low risk pregnancy and those who want to spend a large amount of time with their caregiver.
www.uthscsa.edu /sah/aheapas/prenatal_care.htm   (1128 words)

  
 Interpretive Guidance for Prenatal Care
A care plan which addresses the proper implementation and coordination of all services required by the pregnant woman shall be developed, routinely updated and implemented jointly by the pregnant woman and her family where mutually agreeable to the woman and all appropriate members of the health care team.
Prenatal care protocols must be in place which specify content of care, as well as including level of practitioner and schedule of visits.
A comprehensive prenatal care record for each pregnant woman which documents the provision of care and services required by this section and which is maintained in a manner consistent with medical record confidentiality requirements.
www.health.state.ny.us /nysdoh/perinatal/en/guidance.htm   (2163 words)

  
 Prenatal Care Best Practices
Prenatal care within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy is accepted as important for ensuring good outcomes for pregnant women and their infants.
Barriers to receiving prenatal care in the first trimester tend to fall into three areas: system issues relevant to accessing and receiving care, financial constraints, and personal factors which directly affect the woman's ability to seek care.
The most frequent reasons cited for delaying prenatal care were: not knowing that they were pregnant; lack of money or insurance coverage; and inability to get an earlier prenatal appointment.
www.colorado.gov /bestpractices/prenatalcare/index.html   (769 words)

  
 Prenatal Care
Health care providers know from numerous studies that prenatal care is important because potential problems that may endanger the mother or her baby may be discovered and treated prior to birth.
A woman and her family can talk to a health care provider about her special needs, and may be referred to a variety of sources to help her have a healthy pregnancy, including nutritional and mental health counseling, social services, and physical activity education.
Prenatal care has existed in one form or another since the beginning of man. Midwives have attended women in labor during most of history, and continue to do so up to the present day.
www.unlv.edu /centers/cdclv/healthnv/prenatalcare.html   (4884 words)

  
 Prenatal care | The San Diego Union-Tribune
Of the many components of the illegal immigration issue, one – state-funded prenatal care – is easy to deal with rationally.
Through a mixture of federal and local funds, Texas provides for prenatal care for illegal immigrants, even though the attorney general recently ruled that counties do not have to pay for such a program.
Prenatal care is one of those areas in which cuts don't make sense.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20041019/news_lz1ed19bottom.html   (390 words)

  
 Scheduling Prenatal Care for Low-Risk Women
Prenatal care for these women is therefore a major item on the U.S. health care agenda.
Prenatal care is the foundation of all health care: the medical circumstances of birth predict not only immediate neonatal outcome but also long-term outcome, including intelligence quotient and school performance.
Relation of the content of prenatal care to the risk of low birth weight: maternal reports of health behavior advice and initial prenatal care procedures.
xnet.kp.org /permanentejournal/fall97pj/prenatal.html   (1963 words)

  
 Adequacy of Prenatal Care   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Adequacy of prenatal care is not adjusted for age or race.
The largest increases in access to adequate prenatal care between the 2003 and 2004 Editions occurred in Wyoming (from 70.1 percent to 73.8 percent), Utah (from 58.4 percent to 60.6 percent) and Vermont (from 83.8 percent to 85.8 percent).
The disparities in adequacy of prenatal care within a state are discussed elsewhere in the report.
www.unitedhealthfoundation.org /shr2004/components/prenatalcare.html   (315 words)

  
 Women's Health USA 2005>Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is an important factor in achieving a healthy pregnancy outcome.
Receiving early prenatal care can help to reduce the incidence of perinatal illness, disability, and death by providing health care advice to mothers and identifying and managing any chronic or pregnancy-related risks.
The percentage of mothers receiving prenatal care in their first trimester of pregnancy increased slightly from 2002 to 2003, from 83.7 percent to 84.1 percent.
www.mchb.hrsa.gov /whusa_05/pages/0424pc.htm   (242 words)

  
 Prenatal Care Information and Resources - pregnancy information
Prenatal care is the health care that a woman receives before her baby is born.
Prenatal care is an ongoing educational process, which focuses on pregnancy, birth, infant care and parenting skills.
Usually prenatal appointments are scheduled once a month for the first seven months, then twice a month in the eighth month of pregnancy, and every week after that until your baby is born.
www.mckinley.uiuc.edu /Handouts/prenatal_care.html   (1377 words)

  
 eNATAL - Consistent Prenatal Care   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Prenatal care is typified by largely routine, high volume, and brief encounters with relatively healthy patients, sometimes conducted by rotating "anonymous" providers or often by someone who was awake the night before delivering babies.
Establishment of protocols and structure for these practices is essential so that consistent care is given to patients independent of the expertise or focus of the provider at any one visit.
Care plans for routine care (for all patients) and risk-activated care (only for those patients with specific risks) are completely crafted and easily customized by each practice group.
www.enatal.com /IssuesPrenatalCare.htm   (362 words)

  
 HRSA: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Babies born to mothers who received no prenatal care are three times more likely to be born at low birth weight, and five times more likely to die, than those whose mothers received prenatal care.
Prenatal care is medical attention given to the expectant mother and her developing baby.
It also involves the mother’s caring for herself by following her health care provider’s advice, practicing good nutrition, getting plenty of rest, exercising sensibly, and avoiding things that could harm her or her baby.
mchb.hrsa.gov /programs/womeninfants/prenatal.htm   (661 words)

  
 Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is the comprehensive care that women receive and provide for themselves throughout their pregnancy.
Women who begin prenatal care early in their pregnancies have better pregnancy outcomes than women who receive little or no care during their pregnancies.
Although good prenatal care depends on self-care, it is also important to have periodic and regular visits with a health care provider (usually a midwife or physician).
www.engenderhealth.org /wh/mch/pprecare.html   (304 words)

  
 First trimester prenatal care - MayoClinic.com
Prenatal care is an important part of a healthy pregnancy.
Whether you choose a family physician, obstetrician or nurse-midwife, prenatal care is the key to monitoring your health — and your baby's health — throughout your pregnancy.
Your prenatal appointments are an ideal time to discuss any questions or concerns — including things that may be uncomfortable or embarrassing.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/prenatal-care/PR00008   (701 words)

  
 Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is more than just health care; it often includes education and counseling about how to handle different aspects of pregnancy, such as nutrition and physical activity, what to expect from the birth itself, and basic skills for caring for your infant.
Prenatal visits also give you and your family a chance to talk to your health care provider about any questions or concerns you have related to your pregnancy, birth, or parenthood.
For this reason, many health care providers suggest that women who are thinking about getting pregnant take steps to improve or maintain their own level of health before they get pregnant.
www.mamashealth.com /pregnancy/prenatal.asp   (1141 words)

  
 Staying Healthy During Pregnancy
Key to protecting the health of your child is to get regular prenatal care.
Throughout your pregnancy, your health care provider will check your weight and blood pressure while also checking the growth and development of your baby (by doing things like feeling your abdomen, listening for the fetal heartbeat starting during the second trimester, and measuring your belly).
During the span of your pregnancy, you'll also have prenatal tests, including blood, urine, and cervical tests, and probably at least one ultrasound.
kidshealth.org /parent/pregnancy_newborn/pregnancy/preg_health.html   (2835 words)

  
 Prenatal Care Information on Healthline
Prenatal care is that health care given to a pregnant woman and to the developing fetus until the time of delivery.
Practitioners of prenatal care need to be aware of the possibility of domestic abuse, since such violence may begin with a pregnancy.
While some women come for their first prenatal visit shortly after missing a menstrual period, others may not come for prenatal care until later.
www.healthline.com /galecontent/prenatal-care   (2212 words)

  
 During Your Pregnancy: Prenatal Care
The goal of prenatal care is to monitor the progress of a pregnancy and to identify potential problems before they become serious for either mom or baby.
Women who see a health care provider regularly during pregnancy have healthier babies, are less likely to deliver prematurely, and are less likely to have other serious problems related to pregnancy.
Remember: In addition to prenatal care, be sure to have a dental checkup early in pregnancy to help your mouth remain healthy.
www.marchofdimes.com /pnhec/159_513.asp   (795 words)

  
 Prenatal Care - Health
Prenatal visits allow physicians and nurses the opportunity to provide medical information to the mom and prepare her for the next stages of the pregnancy and eventual delivery.
Paying for Care and Delivery In the U.S., the average cost for maternity care and uncomplicated delivery of a healthy newborn is $5,000 to $8,000 or higher.
And when maternity care can be purchased as an extra option, it may not take effect for several months after obtaining the coverage (too late for women who are already pregnant).
www.wsoctv.com /health/8079458/detail.html   (1036 words)

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