Where can a get prenatal care?
Prenatal care is a type of preventive medical care. It is provided in the form of medical examinations, consisting of recommendations for keeping a healthy lifestyle and providing medical information, such as physiological changes of the mother during pregnancy, biological changes and prenatal nutrition, including prenatal vitamins, which prevents potential health problems throughout the pregnancy course and promotes the health of mother and child.
The availability of planned prenatal care, including prenatal screening and diagnosis, has played a role in reducing the incidence of maternal mortality, miscarriages, birth defects, low birth weight, neonatal infections and other preventable health problems.
Traditional prenatal care in high-income countries usually consists of:
- monthly visits during the first two trimesters (from the 1st to the 28th week);
- two-week visits from the 28th to the 36th week of pregnancy;
- weekly visits after the 36th week before delivery, from the 38th to the 42nd week;
- assessment of parents’ needs and family dynamics.
The traditional form of prenatal care has evolved since the early 1900s, and there is very little research to suggest that this is the best way to provide prenatal care. Prenatal care can be expensive and requires a large number of staff. The following paragraphs describe studies of other forms of prenatal care that can reduce the burden on maternity services in all countries.
Free pregnancy clinics
Fifth Ward Pregnancy Help Center
743 Shotwell St, Houston, TX 77020, USA
Healthy Women & Free Pregnancy Testing Centers – Rigsby
2000 S East Loop 410 Suite 128, San Antonio, TX 78220, USA
Care Net Pregnancy Services of the Treasure Coast
6704 S US Highway 1, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952, USA
Salem Pregnancy Care Center
1342 Westgate Center Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, USA
Center For Pregnancy
347-B E Parkwood Dr suite b, Friendswood, TX 77546, USA
Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center
3925 Centennial Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907, USA
MyChoice Pregnancy Center
388 Blooming Grove Turnpike Suite 100, New Windsor, NY 12553, USA