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Collaborative Approaches to Prenatal Care: Strategies of Successful Adolescent Programs

Cypher, Rebecca L. MSN, PNNP

Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: April/June 2013 - Volume 27 - Issue 2 - p 134–144
doi: 10.1097/JPN.0b013e31828ecc40
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Adolescent pregnancy is not a new phenomenon in the United States. The 31.3% adolescent birth rate in the US remains one of the highest among industrialized nations. Healthy People 2020 targeted a specific goal of a 10% reduction in pregnancy rates among adolescent females. This objective is important to healthcare providers working in the maternal-child arena, as the consequences of pregnancy and birth can be relatively detrimental to the adolescent, the offspring, and society as a whole. Programs purposely designed for the adolescent population are essential to promoting and achieving optimal results. The intent of this article was to highlight 3 successful prenatal programs that use a collaborative and interprofessional approach to caring for pregnant adolescents: group prenatal care, school-based programs, and age-specific clinics.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington.

Corresponding Author: Rebecca L. Cypher, MSN, PNNP, Department of OB-GYN, Madigan Army Medical Center, Bldg 9040 Fitzsimmons Dr, Tacoma, WA 98431 (rlcjumper@aol.com).

The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the US Government.

Disclosure: The author has disclosed that she has no significant relati-onships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies perta-ining to this article.

Submitted for publication: November 13, 2012; accepted for publication: February 22, 2013.

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