Prenatal Health: Screening and Intervention

Welcome to the training on Prenatal Health: Screening and Intervention provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

This course does not currently offer continuing education credit.


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and other health-care professionals to identify and address prenatal factors that affect maternal health and safety.

Target Audience

Primary care providers and other health professionals who treat female patients who are pregnant.

Note: The information in this module focuses on adolescent and adult women ages 18 through 44 years, who deliver the majority of live babies in Texas. A companion module, Preconception Health: Screening and Intervention, addresses issues related to preconception health screening, intervention, and counseling.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality in Texas.
  2. Specify the health risks and conditions that are associated with maternal morbidity and mortality.
  3. Integrate prenatal screening, treatment, and counseling protocols that promote maternal health and safety.

Please note this module expires on 9/11/2021.

This module was released on 9/11/2018.


Browser Requirements

Culturally Effective Health Care:

Depression and Anxiety: 


Hypertension and Pregnancy:

Oral Health and Pregnancy:

Smoking Cessation:

Substance Use and Pregnancy: 



Wellness and Pregnancy:


Other Resources

The medical definitions provided in this module were obtained or adapted from American Academy of Pediatrics, American Diabetes Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthline, March of Dimes, Mayo Clinic, Merck Manual, Merriam-Webster, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke,, Psychology Today, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Texas Family Code, “The New First Three Years of Life: Completely Revised and Updated” by Burton L. White, and U.S. National Library of Medicine.