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December 23/30, 1998

Benefits and Limitations of Prenatal Care

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(24):2071-2073. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-24-jbk1223

To the Editor.—Drs Misra and Guyer1 doubt that improved utilization of prenatal care would improve pregnancy outcomes. In fact, the impact of prenatal care is not known, since virtually all research on prenatal care has explored the impact of prenatal care (of suboptimal content) on outcomes (birth weight, length of gestation, and infant mortality) that have been selected because they can be easily obtained.