Healthy child development starts at pre-conception. Even before she becomes pregnant, a woman’s health can affect her baby’s future.

Women have the power to make their pregnancies as healthy as possible for themselves and their babies. Shelby County has the highest infant mortality rate in the nation, and nearly one third of the four million pregnancies each year in this country will have some kind of pregnancy-related complication. While no birth outcome is guaranteed, women can significantly improve the likelihood of a positive birth outcome with prenatal medical care and healthy habits.

Sources listed below will help shed some light on the “why’s and how’s” of good prenatal care.