Description: Preconception and Interconception are intersecting areas that span almost the entire lifespan of women. Preconception (PC) health generally refers to women’s pre-pregnancy health status.1 The goal of PC care is to identify and address physical and mental health issues, and social risk factors to women’s health and pregnancy outcomes by providing prevention and management interventions.2, 3 Similarly, Interconception (IC) health is women’s health status between pregnancies. It is important to note that the distinction between early postpartum and early interconception is not always clear, however IC generally includes the postpartum stage. 1, 4 The goal of IC care is similar to that of PC care with the addition of pregnancy spacing.2, 5
HV’s work with women within communities can be an important way for ensuring that women obtain the additional information, support and guidance for PC and IC care. This report aims to highlight the importance of IC and PC care for communities with high needs, provides an overview of recommendations for the potential role of HV in PC and IC care, and presents evidence of the integration of HVs (from studies, reviews, recommendations, and guidelines) into the delivery of PC and IC care.
Report: Preconception and Interconception Care: The Role of the Home Visitor