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Preconception health refers to the health of women and men during their reproductive years, which are the years they can have a child. It focuses on taking steps now to protect the health of a baby they might have sometime in the future.
However, all women and men can benefit from preconception health, whether or not they plan to have a baby one day. This is because part of preconception health is about people getting and staying healthy overall, throughout their lives. In addition, no one expects an unplanned pregnancy. But it happens often. In fact, about half of all pregnancies in the United States are not planned.
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The Every Woman Southeast Initiative was started with the goal of developing a multi-state, multi-level partnership to share and develop expertise on preconception / interconception health care, policies, research, programs, social marketing, and evaluation in order to improve the health of women and infants in our region of the United States. The state partners are the Southeastern Region of the United States (Department of Health and Human Services Region IV) including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. www.everywomansoutheast.org/resources/preconception
The Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center (the Resource Center) is a comprehensive web directory of hyperlinks to tools and resources designed to advance the health of men and women of reproductive age. www.cdc.gov/preconception/freematerials.html