Prenatal Care is important in many aspects of the outcome for both mother and child

Prenatal care is extremely important to monitor both the baby and the mother’s health. According to US Department of Health and Human Services, if a mother does not have prenatal care, the infant is three times more likely to have low birth weight, and five times more likely to die when compared to those who had mothers who received prenatal care.  

 

A Canadian study looked at data from all singleton births in Manitoba in two different years. They divided the woman into three groups: inadequate care, intermediate/adequate care, and intensive prenatal care. Using these groups, they compared maternal and infant outcome.  

 

The authors found that inadequate care was associated with a host of different factors “increased odds of stillbirth, preterm birth, low birth weight, small for gestational age (SGA), admission to the NICU, postpartum depressive/anxiety disorders, and short interpregnancy interval to next birth (Heaman et al 2019).” Not only that, the inadequate prenatal care group also showed reduced odds of initiating breastfeeding or having their infant vaccinated (Heaman et al, 2019).  

 

There are many care providers that are available for prenatal care including: 

  • An obstetrician/gynecologist 

  • A family practice doctor 

  • A maternal-fetal medicine specialist(also called MFM) 

  • A certified nurse-midwife 

  • A family nurse practitioner 

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The March of Dimes is a good resource to find more out more about prenatal care, as well as healthcare.gov which can help people find low cost health care in your area, including prenatal care and vaccinations for infants.  

 

If you have questions about your prenatal care or childbirth, contact our Memphis law office today at 888-443-4387. 

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