Midwives should start prenatal care as soon as a woman knows
she is pregnant, and should examine the woman regularly during
the pregnancy. We call these meetings “checkups.” If possible,
every woman should have at least 4 checkups.
Doing more checkups will give you more chances to share
important information and to prevent health problems. And any
woman who has warning signs should have checkups more often.
This section is divided into 3 different chapters:
• Chapter 6 explains the changes a woman may go through
• Chapter 7 explains how to learn about a woman’s health history
during the first checkup.
• Chapter 8 explains how to check a woman for healthy signs
and warning signs at each checkup.