• Margaret-Ann Corbett C.N.M., M.S.,

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    • Ms. Corbett received her M.S. in Maternal and Child Health Nursing from Boston College and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi Nurse-Midwifery Education Program. She is presently an Assistant Professor on leave of absence from Yale University School of Nursing while attending law school. The work upon which this paper is based was done when she was an Assistant Professor of Nursing, Antepartum Module Coordinator, and Coordinator of the Adolescent Clinic in the Nurse-Midwifery Program at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1973–1979.

  • Helen Varney Burst C.N.M., M.S.N.

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    • Ms. Burst received her M.S. in Maternal and Newborn Health Nursing and her Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Yale University. She is presently Chairperson and Professor of the Maternal-Newborn (Nurse-Midwifery) Program of the Yale University School of Nursing. She was Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Program and Associate Professor of Nursing and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1977–1978.

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In this article, maternal nutrition is discussed and the Higgins Nutritional Intervention Method is presented. The application of this methodology in an adolescent prenatal clinic for the purpose of increasing birth weights is described. Problems and practical approaches are discussed. Decreased perinatal mortality rates and increased birth weights for the clinic population are reported and compared with a matched control statewide population.