To advance the care of American women, the Office of Women’s Health (OWH) was established in 1991 to provide leadership to coordinate the improvement of health in women and girls through policy, education and model programs. Perinatal care is a focus of OWH and the Prenatal Care Fact Sheet is a small example of evidenced based health information provided by OWHs website http://www.womenshealth.gov/index.php
It is known that women who receive prenatal care have better birth outcomes, such as babies born after 37 weeks and of normal birth weight. A strong correlation exists between the lack of prenatal care and poor birth outcomes related to preterm labor (babies born before 37 weeks) and low birth weight (babies born under 5 pounds 8 ounces). Babies born to mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to be born at low birth weight and are five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do receive prenatal care.
The evidence based information provided by OWH does not replace the professional advice of your care provider. It is intended to improve your knowledge and serve as a discussion tool to individualize care.
Click here to read the Prenatal Care Fact Sheet http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/prenatal-care.html#a