Talk About Prenatal Care BEFORE Pregnancy
Prenatal care is essential to the health and survival of babies. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.
Unfortunately, many women don't make a prenatal visit during the first trimester. Women with previous successful pregnancies may delay prenatal care unless they experience a pregnancy-related problem. Women with an unexpected pregnancy may delay prenatal care because they are contemplating other options.
To encourage members to initiate prenatal care, we send information to women of child-bearing age inviting them to join our Healthy Beginnings PATH program if they are pregnant. Our goal is to reach out to women who are thinking about becoming pregnant or are newly pregnant and motivate them to schedule a visit during their first trimester. This enables these women to work with you to begin habits that will give their unborn babies a healthy start to life.
Stress the importance of early prenatal care before your patient has confirmed a pregnancy. During routine gynecological visits for women of child-bearing age, offer guidance about attending a prenatal visit during the first trimester regardless of whether this is the first or fourth pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different and previous results may not be the same for the current pregnancy.
If your pregnant patients are experiencing challenges with transportation, finances, language, etc., we may be able to help. As soon as we learn of a member's pregnancy, we call her and administer a risk assessment. Members reporting challenges can be referred to Case Management and can benefit from one-on-one assistance.
Join us in encouraging all your female patients to obtain early prenatal care to ensure healthy mother and baby.