The Interconception Care Project for California is a collection of recommendations to improve and promote interconception health by maximizing care provided during the postpartum visit – an ideal, and often the only, visit to address health before another pregnancy.
A panel of obstetric and health experts developed evidence-based postpartum clinical management algorithms and companion patient education materials based on the 21 most common pregnancy and delivery complications identified using ICD-9 discharge code data in California. The algorithms are designed to guide risk assessment, management, and counseling based on adverse pregnancy outcomes and/or maternal/neonatal complications in order to improve the mother’s health and reduce risks in future pregnancies. The patient handouts offer explanations of the condition and treatment options and discuss self-care strategies to improve the health of the woman, her new baby, and any future pregnancies.
Our hope is that providers and patients throughout California will find the materials valuable as a bridge between postpartum health and the future health of individuals and their babies.
Funding for this project was provided by Preconception IM CoIIN administered by UNC Chapel Hill. This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF3MC31239- Providing Support for The Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) To Reduce Infant Mortality. The grant amount totals $1,494,993. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
These guidelines are considered a resource but do not define the standard of care in California. Readers are advised to adopt the guidelines and resources based on their local facility's level of care and patient populations served and are also advised not to rely solely on the guidelines presented here.
The guidelines may be reproduced and disseminated in any media in its original format, without modification, for informational, educational, and non-commercial purposes only.
Watch Dr. Lynn Yonekura's Interconception Care Guidelines Presentation using password: eAJCuJC5 to learn more about how to use these materials.