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Prenatal Care: Improving Access and Quality
Prenatal Care: Improving Access and Quality

Tue, Sep 12



Prenatal Care: Improving Access and Quality

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Time & Location

Sep 12, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


About the event

Please join us in a discussion on how access to and the quality of prenatal care can be improved in the US. We want to know your dreams, practical solutions, and past solutions that never made it. We want to know your thoughts, concerns, and how you believe prenatal care can be revolutionized to reduce the pain and suffering women and their families go through while pregnant due to the current maternal culture and systems in the US.

1. What would adequate, healthy prenatal care look like? 

  • What would ideal prenatal care look like?
  • How should prenatal care feel?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing pregnant patients in accessing quality prenatal care?
  • What are the biggest challenges to providers in giving that ideal/high quality health care?
  • What are the risks/benefits to insurance companies in providing that ideal access?
  • What might motivate health systems to provide better prenatal care?
  • What are other services that affect prenatal health that aren’t directly connected to the health system?
  • What do you see as the priority for patients in their prenatal care? How can we make those priorities align with the health system?

2. How can we improve access to prenatal care for vulnerable populations?

  • Black women?
  • Substance users?
  • Single parents?
  • People in poverty?
  • People with mental health disorders?
  • What is each group lacking? Is there overlap in their needs?

3. What are some innovative ways to deliver prenatal care, particularly in rural or underserved areas?

  • What alternate formats of care have you seen/experienced? (Group care, virtual care, apps, community building, etc.)
  • Can we make people feel BETTER with alternate modes of care? Ex. Could virtual convenience trump in-person visits?
  • What were old/outdated models that possibly worked well that have been abandoned?

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