These HEDIS Measures
Prenatal and Postpartum Care
Assesses important facets of prenatal and postpartum care:
- Timeliness of Prenatal Care: The percentage of deliveries that received a prenatal care visit as a member of the organization in the first trimester or within 42 days of enrollment in the organization.
- Postpartum Care: The percentage of deliveries that had a postpartum visit on or between 21 and 56 days after delivery.
Frequency of Ongoing Prenatal Care
The percentage of deliveries during the measurement period where there were <21 percent, 21–40 percent, 41–60 percent, 61–80 percent or ≥81 percent of the expected number of prenatal care visits, adjusted for gestational age and month of enrollment.
Although many woman experience uncomplicated pregnancies, timely and adequate prenatal care can prevent poor birth outcomes.1 The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that a woman with an uncomplicated pregnancy be examined every 4 weeks for the first 28 weeks of pregnancy, every 2 to 3 weeks until 36 weeks of gestation and weekly thereafter.2 They also recommend one post-natal visit.2
Appropriate perinatal services and education are crucial components of a healthy birth. Understanding how to stay healthy is important for preventing complications that can affect the health of both mother and baby before, during and after pregnancy.
1. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2012. “What is prenatal care & why is it important?” www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/pregnancy/conditioninfo/Pages/prenatal-care.aspx
2. American Academy of Pediatrics. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 2012. “Guidelines for perinatal care.” 7th ed. Elk Grove Village, Illinois, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Washington, D.C.: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.