The goal of the study is to gain insight into prenatal care utilization and quality and to inform policies and practices that can improve maternal health. Using OptumLabs data, the researchers will focus their analyses on two primary aims: (1) are there differences in timing of prenatal care initiation by zip code; (2) how does quality of prenatal care vary across geographic areas and by women’s health status. The team will also explore the impact of earlier prenatal care initiation and higher quality prenatal care on maternal health. Deliverables will include a project work plan and final narrative report. The researchers will also produce paper(s) suitable for publication and present findings at national research meetings and to other stakeholder audiences as appropriate, including policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels and other key stakeholders, as part of the deliverables for this grant.

Principal Investigators:

Presenter, Researcher

Neel Shah, M.D., M.P.P., FACOG

Chief Medical Officer - Maven Clinic

Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG, is Chief Medical Officer of Maven Clinic, the largest virtual clinic for women'... Read Bio

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Rebecca Gourevitch

Ph.D. Candidate - Harvard University

Rebecca Gourevitch is a Ph.D. Candidate in Health Policy at Harvard University. Read Bio


Grant: #76785
Grantee Institution: Ariadne Labs
Grant Period: 9/15/19 – 9/14/20


Variation in guideline-based prenatal care in a commercially insured population
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology | October 2021

For prenatal care, more doesn't necessarily mean better
STAT | October 2021

Understanding The Impact of Prenatal Care: Improving Metrics, Data, and Evaluation
Health Affairs | February 2020