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 the region performing?
Early prenatal care tended to be somewhat lower among African American and Hispanic mothers than among white mothers throughout the region. In 2014, the share of white mothers receiving prenatal care ranged from 77% in Orange to 87% in Dutchess. African American mothers had somewhat lower rates: from 66% in Orange to 71% in Dutchess. Rates were somewhat higher among Hispanic than African American mothers, ranging from 73% in Orange to 80% in Dutchess. Dutchess surpassed statewide (excluding NYC) rates for all racial and ethnic categories, while Orange and Ulster were generally lower.
Notes about the data
Rates for the three-county region could not be derived. Rates exclude 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.