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No. RR6) Recommendations to Improve Preconception Health and Health Care
--- United States: A Report of the CDC/ATSDR Preconception Care Work
Group and the Select Panel on Preconception Care

This report provides recommendations to improve both preconception
health and care. The goal of these recommendations is to improve the
health of women and couples, before conception of a first or subsequent
pregnancy. The 10 recommendations in this report are based on
preconception health care for the U.S. population and are aimed at
achieving four goals to 1) improve the knowledge and attitudes and
behaviors of men and women related to preconception health; 2) assure
that all women of childbearing age in the United States receive
preconception care services (i.e., evidence-based risk screening, health
promotion, and interventions) that will enable them to enter pregnancy
in optimal health; 3) reduce risks indicated by a previous adverse
pregnancy outcome through interventions during the interconception
period, which can prevent or minimize health problems for a mother and
her future children; and 4) reduce the disparities in adverse pregnancy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's  National Center for
Health Statistics (NCHS) has released Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2004,
whichprovides selected key findings from 2004 preliminary mortality data
for the United States. According to NCHS, The preliminary infant
mortality rate for 2004 was 6.76 infant deaths per 1,000 live births 
The 10 leading causes of infant mortality for 2004 were:
 Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities
(congenital malformations);
 Disorders related to short gestation and low birth weight, not
elsewhere classified (low birthweight);
 Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS);
 Newborn affected by maternal complications of pregnancy (maternal
 Newborn affected by complications of placenta, cord and membranes
(cord and placental complications);
 Accidents (unintentional injuries);
 Respiratory distress of newborn;
 Bacterial sepsis of newborn;
 Neonatal hemorrhage; and
 Intrauterine hypoxia and birth asphyxia.
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