Geographic barriers to prenatal care access and their consequences.

Although prenatal care has long been viewed as an important strategy toward improving maternal morbidity and mortality, limited data exist that support the premise that access to prenatal care impacts perinatal outcomes. Furthermore, little is known about geographic barriers that impact access to care in an underserved population and how this may influence perinatal outcomes.

By Denisse S. Holcomb, MD, Yolande Pengetnze, MD (PCCI), Ashley Steele, MEd (PCC), Albert Karam, MS (PCCI), Catherine Spong, MD, David B. Nelson, MD

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