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PREGNANCY AS A WINDOW

Every baby deserves a healthy mother for the long term.

The Women’s Health Council of RI recommends recasting women’s health from a focus on conception to long-term comprehensive care regardless of child-bearing status.
 

Good to Know

The leading cause of death for women is heart disease, yet most provider and payor focus remains on breast and gynecological health.

Symptoms experienced during pregnancy serve as a window into long-term health risks like heart disease, COPD, obesity  and diabetes.

Early awareness for both provider and patient can help change behaviors and start preventive care early across a wide range of women’s health issues.


Roadmap to Care

Link obstetric care to on-going primary care.

Encourage providers to train across disciplines and systems. Include obstetrics in the medical homes model.

Improve communication between the various health care disciplines.


In Your Practice

Recognize the early signs of risk from pregnancy health results such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, and environmental issues like smoking, poverty and domestic violence. Include these notes in patient’s files when transferring from OB-GYN to PCP.

Recommend a PCP visit one year following pregnancy.