Perinatal Health

PDHS Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

About Perinatal Health

PDHS Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

Healthy babies start with healthy women.   Pee Dee Healthy Start Eliminating Disparities supports women of childbearing age, pregnant women, mothers and fathers in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties.

Perinatal Health Belief

PDHS believes every child deserves a healthy start and our aim is to improve health outcomes by addressing the social and racial inequities from birth through adulthood.

Improving Perinatal Health Outcomes

Improving perinatal health outcomes starts with every community understanding its health risks and its role. PDHS Eliminating Disparities focuses on the following priorities:

  • Every girl and woman of reproductive age understands she is in control of her reproductive health.
  • Every pregnant woman receives patient-centered, high quality prenatal care beginning in the 1st trimester.
  • Every healthcare provider has the tools and resources they need to manage complex social needs of women and infants.
  • Every woman understands that their maternal and infant care facility and provider should practice evidence-based health care.
  • Every newborn receives high-quality neonatal care in the hospital and outpatient setting
  • Every parent has the life skills needed to nurture and provide for their family
  • Every infant, mom, and dad have a safe and healthy environment to thrive and receive the support they need to promote early childhood development and learning.

These priorities fall within four overall strategic areas to eliminate preventable infant deaths and reduce preterm and low-birth-weight births: improving preconception health; assuring high-quality healthcare; strengthening families as they prepare and care for children; and promoting safe and healthy environments.