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Prenatal Care in the First Trimester by County, New Mexico and U.S., 2019

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Why Is This Important?

Prenatal care is the health care a woman gets while she is pregnant. Health care providers recommend that women begin prenatal care in the first trimester of their pregnancy. Regular, recommended prenatal care reduces the risk of pregnancy-related complications for the mother and infant and increases a woman's chances of having healthy baby at full term.

Prenatal Care in the First Trimester by County, New Mexico and U.S., 2019

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Definition

The percentage of live births in the reporting period for which prenatal care was received in the first trimester.

Data Notes

The U.S. revised the birth certificate in 2003. Many of the new variable formats (such as that for prenatal care) were not compatible with the previous formats and prenatal care rates dropped off, largely because of missing data. The changes to the birth certificate make comparisons across states and across years problematic. A description of the impact of the changes to the birth certificate can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr56/nvsr56_06.pdf.

Data Sources

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of live births in the reporting period for which prenatal care was received in the first trimester.
  • Denominator:

    Total number of live births in the reporting period. (Births where prenatal care was unreported were counted in the denominator.)

Data Issues

Birth certificate information is submitted electronically by hospital medical records staff who use standard mother and facility worksheets and medical charts to collect the needed information. Training of hospital staff is provided by the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS). The birth certificate information is reviewed by BVRHS for completeness and consistency with state law and NMDOH and national guidelines. BVRHS will contact hospital staff for clarification of missing, inconsistent or incorrect entries. CDC's National Center for Health Statistics provides feedback to BVRHS on data quality and the NMDOH provides feedback to the hospitals to improve data quality and training.

Health Topic Pages Related to: Prenatal Care in the First Trimester

Indicator Data Last Updated On 04/15/2021, Published on 04/29/2021
Maternal/Child Health Epidemiology Program, Maternal/Child Health Epidemiology Program, Public Health Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 2040 S. Pacheco, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Contact: Glenda Hubbard, MPH, MCH Epidemiologist. 505-476-8938, Glenda.Hubbard@state.nm.us