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The Importance of Preconception Care

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Course Overview

The Importance of Preconception Care
Terri Thompson author

Author: Terri Thompson

Why do women focus on their health prior to a pregnancy? Why is important to make health changes prior to pregnancy? Preconception care discussions can be done in any healthcare setting as well out in the community. Many women discuss their pregnancy plans with their family and friends long before discussing with their healthcare providers. It is important for all healthcare providers to understand what preconception care is, as well as its value to patients. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Preconception Care 
  3. Interconception Care 
  4. Preconception Care Planning 
  5. Folic Acid Supplementation 
  6. Preconception Healthcare Visit 
  7. Preconception vs. Prenatal Care 
  8. Case Study 
  9. Preconception Care Planning for Men 
  10. Case Study (cont.) 
  11. The Incidence of Unplanned Pregnancies 
  12. Pregnancy Complications Related to Underlying Health Problems 
  13. Impact of Life Course on Preconception Care, Health, and Pregnancy 
  14. Case Study (cont.) 
  15. Conclusion
  16. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss preconception care and its importance in healthcare. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Define preconception care. 
  2. Describe the difference between preconception and prenatal care. 
  3. Describe the importance of preconception care for both the patient and their partner. 
  4. Explain the importance of folic acid supplementation and its impact on health and pregnancy. 
  5. Identify potential pregnancy complications related to underlying health problems. 
  6. Discuss the impact that an individual’s life course has on their health, pregnancy, and pregnancy outcomes. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Conflict of Interest Statement

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

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Course created on: June 25, 2021

Course Expires on: June 25, 2024

Course Offering: #95