Preconception care can play a major role in reducing infant mortality. Dr. Terri Major-Kincade, MD, a neonatologist with the Pediatrix Medical Group in Dallas, explains, “Early prenatal care is often too-late prenatal care.”

She urges fellow providers to use the resources available to help patients improve their chances for a healthy pregnancy. She also speaks to the disparity in birth outcomes, pointing out that some minority groups are two to three times more at risk for preterm birth.

preconception interventions

There is considerable evidence that preconception interventions can significantly reduce the risk of birth defects as well as loss of the pregnancy, low birth weight and preterm delivery. As outlined by the CDC, providers can:

resources

To learn more about preconception counseling and integrate it into your medical practice, please visit the CDC preconception health care information page.