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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.
The percentage of live births in the reporting period for which prenatal care was received in the first trimester.
Data NotesThe 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.
- Birth Certificate Data, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC WONDER Online Database
- U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
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.)