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The Purple Book

Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Goal Oriented Guide to Prenatal Care is based on the VA/DoD Management of Pregnancy Clinical Practice Guideline. The Guide has been expanded to include evidence-based research recommendations for prenatal care for all pregnant women receiving care in the DoD and VA healthcare systems. It also addresses several minor or common complications of pregnancy. A PDF of the Guide, also known as The Purple Book, is available for review and download.*

The Purple Book is designed primarily as a resource for pregnant women, but is also a useful tool for obstetric care providers. It provides quality information that can serve as a reference, journal, and springboard for further discussion and education. It can be used in either one-on-one traditional or group-based prenatal care.

The Purple Book and the recommendations and information contained in it serve as a basis for world-class prenatal care. However, the best recommendations can quickly become outdated as new information becomes available. Since individual circumstances are unique, this book should not be a substitute for personal and prenatal care and recommendations given by your qualified healthcare team.

*If you would like to order copies of this book please go to the following website: 
Then click on the shopping cart icon located on the upper right corner 
Then click on Pregnancy on the left side, scroll down and you can place an order after opening an account.
Note:  you must be in the DoD to order hard copies.