Maternal health is a broad category that typically refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period. It often includes preconception care and health as well.
Per data from the Washington State Maternal Mortality Review Panel (MMRP), 80% of pregnancy-related deaths in Washington are preventable. To learn more about priority recommendations and findings from the MMRP, you can view their most recent report here.
Prenatal care refers to the healthcare you receive while you are pregnant. Adequate prenatal care can lead to better health outcomes.
The postpartum period refers to the period following the delivery of your baby. In this period, new parents are often focused on their baby’s needs, but it is also important not to overlook your own health. Feeling tired and some pains are normal in the first few weeks after giving birth, but there are symptoms that could be a sign of a more serious problem. If you have given birth within the last year, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about anything that doesn’t feel right.
Warm Line for new parents. The Warm Line was started by parents who never wanted another parent to feel alone and not know what to do. They can help make a plan, find resources, share stories, and just listen. Call or text the Warm Line at 1-888-404-7763.