In 1989, a Public Health Service Expert Panel on the Content of Prenatal Care published a report entitled, “Caring For Our Future: the Content of Prenatal Care,” which identified the pregnant woman, the fetus and infant, and the family as the three areas upon which prenatal and postpartum care should focus . Specific objectives were identified for each of these areas.
The objectives for the pregnant women were to:
●Increase her well-being before, during, and after pregnancy and to improve her self-image and self-care
●Reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, fetal loss, and unnecessary pregnancy intervention
●Reduce the risks to her health prior to subsequent pregnancies and beyond childbearing years