205596 What's Been Keeping You? Access to Prenatal Care in Southern New Jersey

Monday, November 9, 2009: 2:45 PM

Helen Hannigan, MA , Southern NJ Perinatal Cooperative, Pennsauken, NJ
Judith Stark, RN, BSN , Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, Pennsauken, NJ
Barbara May, RN, MPH , Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, Pennsauken, NJ
Remedios Watkins, MSW , Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, Pennsauken, NJ
In February of 2008 the NJ Health Commissioner brought together nurses, physicians and health professionals focused on quality care for pregnant women and their families throughout the state to form the Prenatal Care Task Force. In response to the group's interest in issues relating to women's ability to access the care they need within the first trimester of their pregnancies, and the great disparity between the state rates for first trimester entry and no care and those in Atlantic City and Camden, the Healthy Mother's Healthy Babies Coalitions (HMHB) in Atlantic City and Camden developed surveys to identify the barriers to early care facing women in their cities.

In 2007 only 53% of women in Atlantic City and 52% of women in Camden got prenatal care in the first trimester while 3% in each city got no care during their pregnancies. During the same period 76% of women in New Jersey got care in the first trimester and only 1% received no care during their pregnancies.

The HMHB coalitions in each community identified provider partners at health centers to survey women who came in for their first prenatal care appointment after their 13th week of pregnancy and labor and delivery contacts surveyed women who delivered with no prenatal care. The survey process began in Atlantic City in May 2008 and Camden initiated surveys in March 2009. This presentation will highlight the process and findings of the surveys in each community.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the HMHB prenatal care survey process. 2. List barriers identified by the surveys of women receiving late or no prenatal care in Atlantic City and Camden New Jersey. 3. Discuss how risk this information is being used to inform program strategies and public awareness about the importance of prenatal care.

Keywords: Access, Prenatal Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I coordinated the development and the process of the survey and the committee and HMHB Coalition.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.