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 Ulster County performing?
In 2014, 81% of white mothers in Ulster County received early prenatal care, compared to 66% of African American mothers and 67% of Hispanic mothers. The rate for Hispanic mothers is unchanged from 2006, while the rate rose for African Americans and whites by 7 and 2 points respectively. Rates in Ulster were on par with the state (excluding NYC) for white mothers and slightly below the state for African American and 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.