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Prenatal and Postpartum Care



An Overview of Inequities in Access to Prenatal Care

Routine prenatal care provides many benefits for patients, including a reduction in the risk of complications. However, challenges remain in equal access to prenatal care for many groups in the United States. Read more



Racial, Geographic, and Socioeconomic Disparities in Newborn Health

Differences in newborn health are apparent across racial, geographic, and socioeconomic groups across the United States. Often, the disparities currently impacting maternal health care are reflected in the care and outcomes in newborns. Read more



Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Gestational Diabetes Incidence and Follow-Up

Differences in gestational diabetes incidence and follow-up care exist among different racial and socioeconomic groups in the United States. Studies have identified Asian/Pacific Islanders, particularly Asian Indians, and Hispanic patients as having a high prevalence of the condition. After delivery, African American and Hispanic women are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes following gestational diabetes. Read more

    Gaps in Vaccine Education and Immunization Rates During Pregnancy

    Along with other disparities in prenatal care, statistics show differences in the rates of vaccination among racial and socioeconomic groups. These disparities have been documented in immunizations commonly recommended for pregnant women, including influenza, Tdap, and COVID-19 vaccines. Read more



    Disparities in Pregnancy Complications and Maternal Morbidity

    Inequalities and issues surrounding maternal death in the United States have gained attention in recent years as cases continue to increase. However, the same challenges exist for pregnancy complications, maternal complications during hospitalizations, and maternal morbidity in the postpartum period. Read more



    Disparities in Care for Postpartum Depression

    Several studies and organizations have highlighted ongoing disparities in maternal health in recent years. One of these disparities includes postpartum depression rates and care. In minority health, statistics show inequities in postpartum depression for African American and Hispanic women. Women from low-income households also experience disparities in prenatal and postpartum depression. Read more