MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Surveillance Summaries, January 19, 2018 [open pdf - 195KB]
Alternate Title: Disparities in Preconception Health Indicators - Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2013-2015, and Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, 2013-2014
"Preconception health is a broad term that encompasses the overall health of nonpregnant women during their reproductive years (defined here as aged 18-44 years). Improvement of both birth outcomes and the woman's health occurs when preconception health is optimized. Improving preconception health before and between pregnancies is critical for reducing maternal and infant mortality and pregnancy-related complications. The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative's Surveillance and Research work group suggests ten prioritized indicators that states can use to monitor programs or activities for improving the preconception health status of women of reproductive age. This report includes overall and stratified estimates for nine of these preconception health indicators."
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/index.html/
MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (January 19, 2018), v.67 no.01