Public Health England has published guidance on Preconception care: making the case, which includes information, intelligence, and tools with evidence‑based approaches for the embedding of preconception care.
The resources are intended to help in planning and preparation for pregnancy and improve outcomes for mothers and their children. This includes influencing behaviours which may affect maternal and child health, including:
- lifestyle factors
- folic acid intake
- long-term physical and mental health conditions
- consanguineous relationships
- domestic violence.
Person-centred and holistic preconception care requires a coordinated and collaborative effort in commissioning across primary care and within sustainability and transformation partnerships or integrated care systems.
The guidance includes documents for planning and preparation of preconception care and an analysis of Maternity Services Dataset data from January–June 2017.