What is Preconception Health
Preconception health is about
promoting healthy living and giving babies the best start in
life by improving birth outcomes. It includes a healthy
body, healthy mind and healthy environment before becoming
pregnant. By working with a health care provider before
becoming pregnant to create a plan to become healthy and to
choose when to have children, prepared parents-to-be will
have a greater chance of having fewer pregnancy
complications and better birth outcomes for their babies.
Life Course Perspective
The birth outcome of your pregnancy is the end product of not only your health
during the nine months in which you are pregnant, but of your health during your
entire life course leading up to the pregnancy.
Preconception Health and Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County is one of the most diverse places in the United States, with over
half of the population made up by rapidly growing racial and ethnic minorities. Over
150,000 babies are born in Los Angeles County each year, and while pregnancies in Los
Angeles County experience lower infant mortality, low birth weight births and preterm
births than the nation as a whole, differences in outcomes exist among the different
racial/ethnic groups in Los Angeles and among people living in different parts of the county.
The goal of preconception health in Los Angeles is for every one to have a healthy pregnancy every time.