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 Orange County performing?
In 2014, 77% of white mothers in Orange County reported receiving early prenatal care, compared to 66% of African American mothers and 73% of Hispanic mothers. Orange County's rates were lower than state rates (excluding NYC) for African American and white mothers but higher for Hispanic mothers. Rates for African Americans have held steady since 2006, while the rates increased for Hispanic (9 points) and white (5 points) mothers over that period.
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.