Perinatal preventive health guidelines

Providence Health Plans supports the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and immunization practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. We also support the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, for pregnancy management, and the recommendations of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for perinatal care. These guidelines are intended for the average risk population and do not take the place of your doctor's opinion or recommendations.

Talk to your health care provider about the preventive care that's right for you. Need a provider to see you through your pregnancy? Find one that's a good fit.

Preventive care service   Description
Alcohol misuse counseling   Screening and behavioral counseling interventions to reduce alcohol misuse
Anemia screening   For asymptomatic pregnant women
Bacteriuria screening   For pregnant women at 12 to 16 weeks of gestation, or at the first prenatal visit, if later
Breastfeeding counseling   Counseling during pregnancy and after birth to promote and support breastfeeding
Chlamydia screening   For all pregnant women ages 24 and younger, and older pregnant women at increased risk
Folic acid supplementation   For all women planning or capable of pregnancy: take a daily supplement containing 0.4 to 0.8 mg (400 to 800µg) of folic acid
Gonorrhea screening   For all sexually active females at increased risk of infection
Hepatitis B screening   For all pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
Immunizations   For all pregnant women as recommended by the CDC
Rh incompatibility screening - first pregnancy visit   For all pregnant women during their first pregnancy-related visit
Rh incompatibility screening - 24-28 weeks gestation   For all unsensitized Rh (D)-negative women at 24 to 28 weeks of gestation, unless the biological father is known to be Rh (D)-negative
Syphilis screening   For all pregnant women
Tobacco use counseling   For all pregnant women who use tobacco