Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity
What does this measure?
The proportion of births in which mothers began receiving prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy (before 13 weeks gestation), broken down by mother's race or ethnicity.
Why is this important?
Early, high-quality prenatal care is critical to reducing risks for complications of pregnancy or birth and improving birth outcomes.
How is Dutchess County performing?
In 2014, 87% of white mothers in Dutchess County reported receiving early prenatal care, compared to 71% of African American mothers and 80% of Hispanic mothers. Dutchess had higher rates than neighboring counties and the state (excluding NYC) for each racial and ethnic group. Since 2006, the rate rose 2 points for white mothers, fell 3 points for African American mothers, and remained the same for Hispanic mothers.
Notes about the data
The rate excludes the number of live births for which the date of entry into prenatal care is unknown. In addition to when prenatal care began, it is also important to consider the quality and continuity of care received throughout the pregnancy.