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New program encourages early pregnancy screening

A new program to encourage women to receive early pregnancy screenings and prenatal care was announced Tuesday. Officials with the Pregnancy Care Connection say they want to make getting prental care easier for women who have difficulty scheduling, getting to and paying for appointments.

On average a woman in Franklin County waits up to 19 days before seeing an obstetrician to get prenatal care. The Ohio Administrative Code says the wait should only be 5 days.

14 contracted providers ranging from hospitals to community health clinics agreed to set aside appointment times and days to see women who call to schedule prenatal medical appointments.