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Prenatal Care

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Why is this Important?

Providing early, adequate and risk appropriate prenatal care has been an important strategy to improve birth outcomes. However, in the past decade, Indiana has made little progress in increasing the percentage of pregnant women entering first trimester prenatal care, which is now at less than 80 percent; below the rapidly approaching Healthy People 2010 Objective of 90 percent.

Role of IPN

IPN believes that in addition to removing barriers to care, efforts are needed to improve the content and quality of care. In conjunction with a broad range of perinatal providers throughout the state and existing professional associations, IPN:

  • Produces a variety of documents outlining current standards and guidelines of care
  • Develops high quality materials for providers to help educate patients on critical issues such as preterm labor
  • Looks beyond traditional medical models to identify different models of providing prenatal care that address barriers and improve acceptability of the care to meet the diverse needs of pregnant women

For more information, contact Tina Babbitt at 317.924.0825 x4228 or

Click here to see what we are telling Mothers and Families.


These toolkits were originally distributed at the annual Perinatal Hospital Summits in 2010 and 2011, and are packed with valuable resources and information for hospital staff, healthcare providers and patients.

17P for Prevention of Preterm Birth (Perinatal Hospital Summit 2011)

Elective Inductions (Perinatal Hospital Summit 2010)

*Special thanks to the IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health for their work in developing the 17P and Elective Induction Tookits.

External websites posted for informational purposes only. IPN does not endorse or assume responsibility for their content.

Contact Us

Indiana Perinatal Network
1991 E. 56th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
Phone: 866.338.0825
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