Prenatal Care

The importance of prenatal care

August 09, 2018 - 4:00 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 

The United States accounts for the highest maternal death rate in the developing world and this number has been increasing over the past 20 years. 

One of the biggest issues preventing safe deliveries is the lack of prenatal care. Perhaps the most important time in a baby's development are the months prior to conception and immediately after conception. Diet needs to be healthy, cigarettes need to be avoided, alcohol needs to be avoided and, most importantly, women should be working with their physicians to develop a plan for the months of pregnancy and throughout the delivery.

Efforts made to improve care during pregnancy and close monitoring at the time of delivery could make a big difference. This can not be ignored.