She describes her recent research that found that the simple intervention of providing women who are having unprotected sex with a home pregnancy test could have a substantial impact on the health of potential newborns.
In research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Nettleman found that significantly more women who had a home pregnancy test at home not only suspected they could be pregnant but also took tests much more frequently.
“The top reason women do not seek prenatal care if they do not realize they are pregnant,” said Nettleman, chairperson of the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Medicine. “In addition, women who do not realize they are pregnant will not change harmful behaviors such as drinking and smoking, which can lead to developmental problems in newborns.”
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