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Basics of Prenatal Care

I thought you might like to see some recommendations for prenatal care.  Grab a cup of tea, these are long documents.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these  recommendations for Prenatal Care Counseling.

The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement offers these guidelines for Routine Prenatal Care.

Rocky Mountain Health Plans offers this printable brochure for Prenatal Care Guidelines.

The State of New York as specific guidelines for what type of prenatal care a practitioner must give to receive Medicaid reimbursement.

The World Health Organization offers these recommendations for prenatal care.

What This Means to You

The recommendations for prenatal care can be extensive. Here in the US increasing the amount of risk surveillance and monitoring recommended during pregnancy is not working to improve outcomes of labor.  Why might this be?

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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