What is the optimal number of prenatal visits for low-risk women in the United States?
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In high-income countries, low-risk women can be managed with 8 to 9 prenatal visits (PNVs) without an increased risk in perinatal or maternal morbidly or mortality. In low- to middle-income countries, women having fewer than 5 PNVs are at risk for increased perinatal mortality compared with standard care. (SOR: A, based on a large meta-analysis.) Overall, patient satisfaction is lower with reduced-visit care models. (SOR: A, based on a large meta-analysis.)
Evidence Based Practice 15(7): 08.