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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.
Olivia Catolico, Ph.D., RN, CNL, BC
Department of Nursing, Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA
Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing | Nursing
Almonia, Shannon; Damian, Kimberly; Enea, Giuliana; Karlsen, Solveig; and Markham, Jessica, "Factors & Risks Associated with Adolescents Late Entry into Prenatal Care" (2017). Student Research Posters. 65.