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Prenatal Care

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Step Status
Educational Materials
Release Date: Wed, 1/1/20
Termination Date: Thu, 12/31/20
Credits: 1
Description: Appropriate prenatal care improves maternal and fetal health, reduces maternal mortality and morbidity and fetal loss, and reduces preterm birth, intrauterine growth restriction, congenital abnormalities, and failure to thrive. This CME activity synthesizes recommendations for prenatal care based on scientific evidence, recommendations of the U.S. Public Health Service, clinical judgment regarding effectiveness of identifying and modifying risk, and the success of medical and psychological interventions.

Prenatal care involves the following three basic components:
  1. Early and continuing risk assessment
  2. Health promotion
  3. Medical and psychosocial interventions and follow-up

These components are addressed over a chronological sequence of prenatal care visits:
  • Preconception care
  • Prenatal visits
  • Delivery planning
  • Postpartum assessment

Additional information is presented on topics that may be relevant at any time:
  • Indications for referral to a high-risk provider
  • Cultural sensitivity
Educational Objectives: Participants in this CME activity will understand and be able to implement evidence-based cost-effective clinical strategies for optimal prenatal care for fetal and maternal health and how to implement those recommendations in routine care.
Target Audience: This self-study activity is appropriate for primary care clinicians and other health care providers providing prenatal care.
Accreditation Information: The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Original Release Date: December 2013
Termination Date: June 2022

Continued availability of CME credit for this activity depends on a thorough review of its content every three years. This activity was last reviewed for currency and accuracy in June 2019, and availability of CME credit continued.
Additional Info: Authors:
Mark C. Chames, MD; Obstetrics / Gynecology
Joanne M. Bailey, CNM, PhD; Obstetrics / Gynecology
Karl T. Rew, MD; Family Medicine
R Van Harrison, PhD; Medical Education
Jocelyn H. Schiller, MD; Pediatrics

Financial Disclosure Information:
There are no financial relationships to disclose for this CME activity.

UMHS Guidelines Oversight Team:
Karl T. Rew, MD
R. Van Harrison, PhD

Literature Search Services:
Taubman Medical Library

Credits available:

AMA PRA Category 1: 1.00
Participation: 1.00