Health Care for Utah Women of Childbearing Age
According to the Utah
Health Access Survey, almost 90,000 Utah women of childbearing
age were without health insurance in 2006. Utah Hispanic
women are much more likely to be uninsured; of the women
who reported they had no insurance 46.8% were Hispanic versus
Women without insurance
are less likely to seek the preventive health services needed
to insure a healthy pregnancy outcome. We now know that
although prenatal care is important, it's too little too
late - preconception healthcare is needed to have a healthy
baby and mom.
The majority of fetal
organs are formed during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy,
a time that many women don't know they are pregnant yet.
Women with chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension
must be well controlled before pregnancy
to insure a healthy outcome.
learn about two programs that provide insurance coverage
for Utahans go to www.health.utah.gov/pcn
to see if you qualify. Another resource is Utah's Health
Care Safety Net, a source that may be able to assist you
in locating the healthcare resources that you need. Go to
to locate a provider near you.
Remember for a healthy
baby, mom must be in optimal health before