Studying the Relationship Between Quality of Prenatal Care and Substance Use in Birth Mothers

Open Access
Author:
Nagpal, Nikita
Area of Honors:
Biology
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Jenae Marie Neiderhiser, Thesis Supervisor
  • Katriona Shea, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Prenatal care
  • substance use
Abstract:
The current study examined the relation between maternal responsibility toward prenatal care and different types of prenatal substance use. Data were collected from 554 mothers who completed an adoption plan. Prenatal substance use was examined as a predictor of the number of prenatal visits and prenatal vitamin use. Results showed negative relations between factors of responsible maternal prenatal care and substance use during pregnancy. This suggests that there are particular prenatal care behaviors associated with prenatal substance use. It is important to identify behaviors associated with prenatal substance use in pregnant women for future research, as well as intervention and prevention.