ATLANTA, June 18 (UPI) — Prenatal care offers opportunities for healthcare workers to offer services that can improve the health of the mother-to-be and her child, U.S. officials say.
The analysis, published in the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, used data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System for Oklahoma and South Carolina.
The study indicated substantial gaps in mothers-to-be getting assistance in reducing violence in the home, getting counseling referrals for family or personal problems, smoking cessation, help with an alcohol or drug problem and dental care.
“Greater adherence by healthcare providers to established guidance might help reduce the gaps, and additional research to identify obstacles to receipt of services might enable state programs to further narrow these gaps,” the report said. “These findings indicate a need to reduce the gaps in identified need and receipt of services during pregnancy, in particular for reducing violence in the home, counseling information for family or person problems, and smoking cessation.”
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