Document Type


Publication Date



Preconception care in the United States has been seen by ACOG and the CDC as the next improvement in maternal and neonatal health. Pregnancies that begin healthier are at less risk for maternal complications such as gestational diabetes and hypertension disorders of pregnancy, as well as neonatal complications such as impaired uterine growth, placental insufficiencies, and need for neonatal care after birth. It is recommended that women be screened annually for their intended desires for pregnancy, folic acid supplementation, and birth control use, along with medical history and medication use, tobacco use and environmental exposures, screening for depression and intimate partner violence, and body mass index and exercise habits. A review of literature found barriers to preconception care include from both the provider and patient perspectives. Implementation strategies, outcomes, and behavior changes were noted as well in the review of literature. The project created a template for providers to implement during their routine well women exams. The goal is that the template stimulates new conversations about the desires for pregnancies.

Streaming Media



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.