Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 679–684 | Cite as

Content of First Prenatal Visits

  • J. Dyer
  • G. Latendresse
  • E. Cole
  • J. Coleman
  • E. Rothwell


Objective The purpose of this study was to examine the content of the first prenatal visit within an academic medical center clinic and to compare the topics discussed to 2014 American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists guidelines for the initial prenatal visit. Methods Clinical interactions were audio recorded and transcribed (n = 30). A content analysis was used to identify topics discussed during the initial prenatal visit. Topics discussed were then compared to the 2014 ACOG guidelines for adherence. Coded data was queried though the qualitative software and reviewed for accuracy and content. Results First prenatal visits included a physician, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, medical assistant, medical students, or a combination of these providers. In general, topics that were covered in most visits and closely adhered to ACOG guidelines included vitamin supplementation, laboratory testing, flu vaccinations, and cervical cancer screening. Topics discussed less often included many components of the physical examination, education about pregnancy, and screening for an identification of psychosocial risk. Least number of topics covered included prenatal screening. Conclusions for Practice While the ACOG guidelines may include many components that are traditional in addition to those based on evidence, the guidelines were not closely followed in this study. Identifying new ways to disseminate information during the time constrained initial prenatal visit are needed to ensure improved patient outcomes.


Prenatal care Pregnancy guidelines Pregnancy Qualitative 



We would like to thank the University of Utah College of Nursing Research Committee, the Utah Center in Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications in Research (UCEER; NIH HG009037), and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH; HD082148) for helping support this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Dyer
    • 1
  • G. Latendresse
    • 1
  • E. Cole
    • 1
  • J. Coleman
    • 1
  • E. Rothwell
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.College of NursingUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Division of Medical Ethics and HumanitiesUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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