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Cumberland County Public Health Profile Report

First Trimester Prenatal Care: Percentage of Live Births, 2016

  • Cumberland
    67.9%
    95% Confidence Interval (65.7% - 70.0%)
    State
    72.1%
    U.S.
    74.9%
  • Cumberland Compared to State

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Why Is This Important?

Women who receive early and consistent prenatal care (PNC) increase their likelihood of giving birth to a healthy child. Health care providers recommend that women begin prenatal care in the first trimester of their pregnancy.

How Are We Doing?

The percentage of mothers receiving first trimester prenatal care (PNC) had been about 75% for over a decade before increasing slightly between 2007 and 2014 to 79%. A change in data collection methods in 2014-2015 resulted in sharp decline to 73.6% in 2015 and 72.1% in 2016. There is a significant difference in onset of PNC by race/ethnicity with nearly 80% of White and Asian mothers receiving early PNC compared to 65% of Hispanic and less than 60% of Black mothers. The percentage of births with first trimester PNC is also significantly higher among US-born mothers (75%) than among the foreign-born (68%), overall and for each race/ethnicity. First trimester PNC is positively correlated with age and education.

What Is Being Done?

The [http://nj.gov/health/fhs/ Division of Family Health Services] in the New Jersey Department of Health administers programs to enhance the health, safety and well-being of families and communities in New Jersey. Several programs are aimed at improving birth outcomes.

Healthy People Objective MICH-10.1:

Prenatal care beginning in first trimester
U.S. Target: 77.9 percent
State Target: 79.4 percent

Note

The calculation of onset of prenatal care (PNC) requires several pieces of information from the birth record. If any of those is missing or invalid, PNC onset cannot be calculated. This problem is particularly high among births to Monmouth and Ocean County resident mothers. The proportion of records with unknown PNC onset in those two counties is 13% and 14%, respectively.

Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Natality public-use data. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at [http://wonder.cdc.gov/natality.html]  

Measure Description for First Trimester Prenatal Care

Definition: Number of live births to pregnant women who received prenatal care in the first trimester as a percentage of the total number of live births.
Numerator: Number of live births to pregnant women who received prenatal care in the first trimester
Denominator: Number of live births

Indicator Profile Report

First Trimester Prenatal Care (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

04/18/2018
The information provided above is from the Department of Health's NJSHAD web site (https://nj.gov/health/shad). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Tue, 21 August 2018 10:15:54 from Department of Health, New Jersey State Health Assessment Data Web site: https://nj.gov/health/shad ".

Content updated: Wed, 23 May 2018 05:01:08 EDT