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Abstract

Prenatal care is a type of preventative health care for pregnant women that is typically initiated in the first trimester. However, when prenatal care is inadequate, initiated past the first trimester or missed, the mother and fetus experience an increased risk for preterm delivery. Adolescents are apart of a specific subgroup of pregnant women that are at a higher risk for adverse outcomes during pregnancy due to knowledge deficits. Therefore, adolescents are especially likely to receive inadequate prenatal services. Numerous studies have been conducted to discover the result of inadequate prenatal care; however, not as many studies explore the factors associated with late entry or lack of entry into prenatal care for adolescents. These factors need to be identified so care providers can accurately identify pregnant adolescents who are at the greatest risk for receiving inadequate care so that they can attempt to prevent preterm births.

Department

Nursing

Faculty Advisor

Olivia Catolico, Ph.D., RN, CNL, BC

Publication Date

2017

City

San Rafael, CA

Keywords

prenatal care

Disciplines

Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing | Nursing

Factors & Risks Associated with Adolescents Late Entry into Prenatal Care


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