Maternal health leaders propose research agenda for preconception care

The concept of preconception care has emerged in recent years as a potentially vital tool for not only improving adolescent girls’ and women’s chances of having healthy pregnancies and newborns, but of supporting their reproductive health status over time.  It holds special promise for women and couples who have particular health needs, such as HIV-positive women. As a recent guest blog post by Dr. Jean Anderson, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Jhpiego, Kelly Curran,Jhpiego, MCHIP, and Laura Fitzgerald, Jhpiego, MCHIP pointed out, extending preconception care  and family planning services to HIV-positive women can be a powerful tool for ensuring that they are able to prevent unintended pregnancies, promote  healthy birth-spacing, prevent maternal to child transmission of HIV, and reduce the risk of transmission from infected partners to uninfected partners. In spite of this promise, preconception care remains a loosely defined field, with no set period of time or services

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Maternal health leaders propose research agenda for preconception care

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