Prenatal care study

A study of nearly 5,000 pregnant low-income women has found that women who did not receive regular prenatal care had three times as many infant deaths as those who did receive care, reports the November issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

During a six-month period, 4,619 women gave birth at the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Nearly 85 percent of the women received prenatal care through the hospital or its outlying clinics, 16 percent did not.

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