Prenatal and Postpartum Behavioral Counseling

An in-person and telephone-based counseling program for pregnant African-American women with the goal of reducing behavior-related risk factors during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. In addition to receiving standard prenatal care, pregnant women attend an average of four behavioral counseling sessions during pregnancy and one session after giving birth. The intervention significantly reduced health risks from baseline to 10 weeks postpartum. Early results from a study evaluating the program’s impact on birth weight and infant mortality are encouraging.

AHRQ, 2008

Evidence Rating: I

Cost: N/A

Additional Info:


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Perinatal Periods:

Postpartum Prenatal

Resource types:

Model programs

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