• Melisa M. AdamsEmail author

In this text, we have sought to provide a framework for studying perinatal epidemiology in its public health context. Our subject often is overlooked in an era of miracle drugs to treat chronic diseases, a war on cancer that may soon rival the Hundred Years' War of the seventeenth century, daily reports on genetics discoveries, and the omnipresent focus on HIV and other infectious diseases. Our media continually confront us with images of human suffering and tragedy, often in developing nations, but sometimes much closer to home. In the face of these other pressing concerns, why should we care about perinatal epidemiology?

Perinatal epidemiology provides the evidence base for the organization and delivery of clinical services and public health programs to ensure optimal pregnancy outcomes for women and their infants. Health care services for labor and delivery represent one of the largest sectors of hospitalization. The ever-rising rates of cesarean delivery make it one of the most...


Environmental Tobacco Smoke Maternal Morbidity Maternal Weight Public Health Professional Public Health Practitioner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AtlantaUSA

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