The Interconception concept is based on the realization that prenatal care starts too late to prevent many poor pregnancy outcomes and women who have higher levels of health before pregnancy have healthier reproductive outcomes. Interconception care aims to fill that void in prenatal education.
Interconception education and counseling services are based on a comprehensive curriculum that is culturally sensitive and applicable for the participant receiving the service. When possible, services should be offered in the participant's native language or an interpreter should be provided. The curriculum content should have a prevention-based focus to reduce factors that are associated with poor birth outcomes of any subsequent pregnancies. Consideration should be given to the timing of Interconception education and counseling. The care coordinator should assess the client's needs and readiness to receive this information. Education offered too early in a pregnancy may be forgotten; education offered immediately following a loss may not be retained and would be more effectively provided when the client has had an opportunity to grieve. Care coordinators should consider each client's specific needs and offer education and counseling when most beneficial to the client.
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: