Preconception care: Delivery strategies and packages for care

Zohra S. Lassi, Sohni V. Dean, Dania Mallick, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

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Abstract

The notion of preconception care aims to target the existing risks before pregnancy, whereby resources may be used to improve reproductive health and optimize knowledge before conceiving. The preconception period provides an opportunity to intervene earlier to optimize the health of potential mothers (and fathers) and to prevent harmful exposures from affecting the developing fetus. These interventions include birth spacing and preventing teenage pregnancy, promotion of contraceptive use, optimization of weight and micronutrient status, prevention and management of infectious diseases, and screening for and managing chronic conditions. Given existing interventions and the need to organize services to optimize delivery of care in a logical and effective manner, interventions are frequently co-packaged or bundled together. This paper highlights packages of preconception interventions that can be combined and co-delivered to women through various delivery channels and provides a logical framework for development of such packages in varying contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberS7
JournalReproductive health
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 26 Sep 2014

Keywords

  • continuum of care
  • packages of care
  • preconception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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