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TITLE Preconception care: a good beginning   preconception care- a good beginning.pdf (578.3 KB)
Document ID LIB619
Document type Scientific experts report/advice
Issue date 24/06/2009
Document reference ISBN: 978-90-5549-678-5
Original language of the document Dutch
Full text available in EN (578.3 KB) and NL (966 KB)
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands organisation visiting card
Document requested by Health Council of the Netherlands organisation visiting card
Department/Service/Committee: Dutch Minstry of Health Welfare and Sports
Document uploaded by Dorine Coenen
Health Council of the Netherlands
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Consumer protection
  • Health


Short description  Preconception care: a good beginning.
This report summarises the current level of knowledge concerning the various components of preconception health care. This summary was produced in collaboration with the Dutch Cochrane Centre, using an evidence-based approach. Given the broad nature of the topic in question, this advisory report has been reviewed by several standing committees
of the Health Council.
On the basis of the scientific insights obtained, the Committee concludes that the provision of preconception advice on diet, lifestyle, diseases, use of medication, working conditions, and genetic factors can be seen as an intrinsic part of effective care. Accordingly, it would be appropriate to offer preconception health care to all prospective parents. The Committee
feels that it would make sense to develop a general programme to this end.

Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Executive summary
Recent years have seen increasing attention focused on preconception care as a means of promoting the health of prospective parents and their children. It was this trend, together with the persistence of relatively high perinatal mortality in the Netherlands, that prompted the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport to request that the Health Council produce an advisory report on ...

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