Date of Award

Spring 3-24-2004

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Heather Bidinger

Second Advisor

Dawn B. Ludwig


Background Prenatal care is essential to the health of mothers and their babies. It is unclear what aspects of prenatal care influence maternal and infant health the most. The purpose of this study was to determine if the amount of prenatal care visits a woman thirty-five years or older receives impacts the newborn's health, Methods The medical records of all women thirty-five years of age and older who gave birth at Cambridge Allina Medical Center in a one-year period were reviewed. The number of prenatal care visits for each subject was correlated with the birth weight, gestational age and Apgar scores of her infant. Results A positive correlation was determined between increasing birth weight and amount of prenatal visits, increasing gestational age and amount of prenatal visits, and increasing Apgar scores and amount of prenatal visits. However, these correlations were found to not be statistically significant using a p < 0.05. Conclusions It is not clear how big of an impact the amount of prenatal care visits has on birth outcomes. Further research with a larger and more diverse population should be done to determine how strong of a connection there is between prenatal care and birth weight, gestational age and Apgar scores.


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