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Physician Toolkit - About Reproductive Life Plan

In 2006, leadership from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and experts in preconception care launched the Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative (PCHHC), supported by the U.S. Public Health Service Expert Panel, the Institute of Medicine, March of Dimes, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The initiative identified evidence for optimal preconception care as a basis for a healthy delivery and lowering infant and maternal mortality nationwide. The evidence included goals in clinical care, consumer education, and health equity using the five working groups: Clinical Workgroup, Consumer Workgroup, Public Health Workgroup, Policy and Finance Workgroup, and Surveillance and Research Workgroup.

Within the PCHHC initiative and the CDC/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Select Panel Recommendations to Improve Preconception Health and Health Care, is the concept of a reproductive life plan. The reproductive life plan encourages providers to counsel patients on how they envision their lives and how their plans could be affected by their contraception habits and health behaviors. Again, by asking the key question, the healthcare provider is now able to address the health of the woman while addressing the four main goals: improve knowledge and attitudes of preconception health, create health equity and eliminate disparities, ensure women of childbearing age receive preconception health care services in addition to prenatal services, and reduce risks of women with prior adverse birth outcomes.

Floyd, R. L., Johnson, K. A., Owens, J. R., Verbiest, S., Moore, C. A., & Boyle, C. (2013). A National Action Plan for Promoting Preconception Health and Health Care in the United States (2012–2014). Journal of Women’s Health (2002), 22(10), 797–802.

Sarah Verbiest, Erin McClain & Suzanne Woodward (2016) Advancing preconception health in the United States: strategies for change, Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, 121:4, 222-226, DOI: 10.1080/03009734.2016.120439


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