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Strengthen the Evidence for Maternal and Child Health Programs

Preconception and Pregnancy

Professional Resource Guide


This professional resource guide directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and quality of preconception and prenatal care to improve perinatal health outcomes. This professional resource guide can be used by health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers to learn more about preconception and pregnancy, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. A separate brief lists resources for families. This professional resource guide has been developed by the MCH Digital Library at Georgetown University and will be updated periodically. View Related MCH Digital Library Resources for guides about childbirth, fertility and infertility, medications, nutrition during preconception and pregnancy, and more.

Resources for Professionals


Reports, Guides, and Other Resources

Data and Statistics Literature and Research Databases Programs Databases

News and Commentary

Resources for Families

Related MCH Digital Library Resources

Preconception and Pregnancy: Professional Resource Guide, 3rd ed. (January 2012). (Updated: August 2014).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Reviewers: Jeanne Anastasi, M.A., National SUID/SIDS Resource Center; Shree Mohanty, M.A., M.S., R.D., L.D., Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Region V; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Digital Library.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. 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.