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The primary objective of the perinatal health care program is to decrease infant mortality and low birthweight infants by providing holistic health care to low income pregnant women in community settings.
Although the prenatal health care services are designed for all pregnant women and their families, those individuals with low incomes and those individuals who are high-risk because they reside in medically underserved areas comprise the target population. Approximately 10,427 women are served each year through MCHS sponsored projects.
Prenatal projects provide a multidisciplinary range of preventive health services to pregnant women including physical exams, nutrition, social services, dental and health screening, education, counseling, interventions, and referral service as appropriate.
The Maternal and Child Health Block grant provides partial funding for comprehensive prenatal health care projects.