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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)


(Be cautious), verb be cautious, be concerned, bear in mind, beware, consider, curare, give heed to, guard, have regard, heed, look out for, mind, pay attention to, protect, take precautions, watch out for, watch over
Associated concepts: care and caution, care and skill, careful, careless, degree of care, due care, extraordinary care, great care, lack of care, ordinary care, slight care, want of care


(Regard), verb administer to, attend, attend to, be concerned, be concerned for, become involved, bother, foster, mind, minister to, nurture, pay attention to, serve, supervise, support, sustain, tend, watch over
Associated concepts: care and custody, care and mainteeance, custody or control
See also: administration, agency, aid, alimony, apprehension, assistance, auspices, burden, caution, charge, concern, consideration, constraint, control, custody, direction, discretion, fear, generalship, guidance, heed, help, imprisonment, interest, maintenance, management, notice, particularity, patronage, precaution, preservation, problem, protection, prudence, regard, relief, rigor, safekeeping, shelter, supervision, support, surveillance, trust, upkeep, ward, weight
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We are excited to partner with the March of Dimes to transform the model of prenatal care for women in our community, stated Julian Schink, MD, department chief, obstetrics, gynecology and women s health, Spectrum Health Medical Group.
Vanderbilt University, United Health Foundation and Yale University are inviting pregnant women to participate in a new model of prenatal care delivered in a group and designed to improve mothers' and babies' health and well-being during pregnancy, birth and infancy.
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Multinomial logistic regression was used to evaluate associations between these variables and whether the women's use of prenatal care was adequate, partially inadequate or inadequate.
A study published today in the August, 2015 Archive of Women's Health, "provides further evidence that group prenatal care positively impacts the psychosocial well-being of women with greater stress or lower personal coping resources.
The quality indicators for timeliness of prenatal care currently reports the percentage of pregnant offenders who received a prenatal care visit in either the first trimester or within 42 days of incarceration.
The positive overall impact of adequate prenatal care on birth outcomes is well documented.
The analysts examined reports of one preconception behavior (daily use of folic acid), four prenatal behaviors (cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption in the third trimester, receipt of prenatal care in the first trimester and receipt of no prenatal care) and six postpartum behaviors (smoking, any breastfeeding, breast-feeding for at least eight weeks, placing the infant on his or her back to sleep, depression and contraceptive use).
Institute of Medicine committee recommended universal testing for HIV as a routine part of prenatal care (CDC, 1999).
That number was a marked improvement, however, as 36 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native mothers had inadequate prenatal care in 1985-1987.
36 states and the District of Columbia explicitly allow some minors to consent to prenatal care.
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