A new study of an intervention that used care management techniques to help women improve prenatal health revealed women made some positive changes, including reduced consumption of sugary drinks, increases in physical activity, and a decrease in pregnancy-related anxiety. Called the First 1,000 Days, the systems-oriented program, which starts in early pregnancy and lasts through the first 24 months of infancy, is for low-income mother/infant pairs. It is designed to help women and their children eliminate obesity risk factors.
In this cross-sectional descriptive study, women using the Ovia pregnancy app expressed receiving adequately safe maternal care during the COVID-19 pandemic, but voiced concerns related to obtaining infant supplies and prenatal education.
The authors of a recent study found that Black women in the United States have a lower risk of giving birth to low birth weight babies if they live in states with less restrictive reproductive rights, when compared with women who live in states with more restrictive policies.
In this nested case-control study in the Boston area, there was no association between testing positive for COVID-19 during pregnancy or on admission to labor and delivery and the number of in-person prenatal care visits.
American women who are pregnant or have just given birth are dying at a rate higher than most high-resource nations, and the morbidity rate is three to four times greater for black women. Their death rate is equivalent to pregnant women in less affluent nations, including Mexico or Uzbekistan. Maternity case managers can help prevent pregnant women from experiencing health crises and help keep their infants out of the neonatal ICU. Case management helps promote better education about the risks of preterm births.
Group prenatal care is a different model for the delivery of prenatal care that typically consists of groups of eight to 12 women of similar gestational age who have each visit together. This contrasts with the one-on-one patient/provider prenatal care visits that are the traditional model. Women are enrolled in group prenatal care after they have had an individual initial prenatal visit and health risk assessment, and have completed the first trimester.
A single prenatal testing center with a large volume of patients has experienced a dramatic drop in the rate of chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis after the introduction of noninvasive prenatal testing.