Factors Associated with Postpartum Care Among Massachusetts Users of the Maternal and Infant Care Program

Kogan, Michael D.; Leary, Mary; Schaetzel, Thomas P.
May 1990
Family Planning Perspectives;May/Jun90, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p128
Academic Journal
The article presents a discussion on factors associated with postpartum care among users of the Maternal and Infant Care (MIC) program. A postpartum visit is generally considered as an essential component of perinatal care for both mothers and infants. Postpartum care ensures that a woman is not experiencing complications following delivery, and provides an important opportunity to assess the infant's progress, the family's ability to cope and whether pediatric care and other services are being received. Data, for a study that was conducted during 1985-1987, were drawn from records of the 21 MIC offices operated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and located at community-based facilities in high-risk areas. During the period of investigation, 13921 women registered for care at MIC sites and remained in the program through delivery. The socio-demographic characteristics of the women in the study indicate that MIC programs serve women for whom ongoing care, especially postpartum, could make a significant difference, both to their own well-being and to that of their infants.


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