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Safe motherhood begins before conception with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle and continues with appropriate prenatal care, the prevention of complications when possible, and the early and effective treatment of complications. The ideal result is a pregnancy at term without unnecessary interventions, the delivery of a healthy infant, and a healthy postpartum period in a positive environment that supports the physical and emotional needs of the woman, infant, and family.

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To better understand the burden of maternal complications and mortality and to decrease disparities among populations at risk of death and complications from pregnancy, the Division of Reproductive Health supports national and state-based surveillance systems to monitor trends and investigate health issues; conducts epidemiologic, behavioral, demographic, and health services research; and works with partners to translate research findings into health care practice, public health policy, and health promotion strategies.

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A Public Health Focus on Infertility Prevention, Detection, and Management
This new report from the CDC examines the issue of infertility in the United States. The article, published in Fertility and Sterility, presents information on the efforts of a CDC-wide working group that found considerable gaps and opportunities in surveillance, research, communication, and policy development on infertility.

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2006 Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Success Rates: National Summary and Fertility Clinic Reports
The 2006 is the most recent report of pregnancy success rates is the twelfth report to be issued under the Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act. The report includes a national overview that uses information from 483 U.S. fertility clinics. Order the report. 

Emergency Planning Tips If You're Pregnant or Have Young Children image Emergency Planning Tips If You're Pregnant or Have Young Children
If you are pregnant or someone with infants or young children, find out how to plan for an emergency or disaster.
Baby foot in hand image. Premature Birth
More than a half million babies in the United States are born premature each year. Some babies are so small they could fit in the palm of your hand. If you're pregnant, learn about the risk factors for premature birth.
Pregnant mother and child Pregnant? Don't Smoke: Learn Why and How to Quit for Good
Quitting smoking can be hard, but it is one of the best ways a woman can protect herself and her baby's health. For free help, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Don't get the flu.  Don't spread the flu.  Get Vaccinated. Don’t Get the Flu. Don’t Spread the Flu. Get Vaccinated. Influenza (flu) season is approaching. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.

Influenza (flu) season is approaching. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. This year, CDC includes pregnant women and those who may become pregnant during flu season. CDC recommendations on vaccines and pregnancy are updated throughout the year.

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Page last modified: 1/7/09
Content source: Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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A surveillance project of CDC and state health departments. PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences prior to, during and immediately following pregnancy.


The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program (MCH EPI) provides financial and technical support to states, and in some cases, time-limited assignments of senior epidemiologists to state maternal and child health programs.

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