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Illinois Department of Human ServicesJB Pritzker, Governor · Grace B. Hou, Secretary
Access to prenatal care has long been associated with reduction in infant and maternal mortality and morbidity. Encounters between pregnant women and health care providers, afford opportunities for teaching when a foundation can be laid for learning good health habits which will benefit both mother and infant Women who receive prenatal care during the first trimester have better pregnancy outcomes than women who have little or no prenatal care.
Prenatal care involves the management of medical, nutritional. Psycho-social, and educational needs of the patient and her family. This is reevaluated at regularly scheduled intervals, and revised in accordance with the progress of the pregnancy. In 1989 the US Public Health Service identified three basic components of prenatal care, they are:
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