Health Indicator Report of Adequate Prenatal Care (Kotelchuck Index)
Women who receive early and adequate prenatal care increase their likelihood of giving birth to a healthy child.
NotesMissing and unknown responses are not included in percent calculations. Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race.
Data SourceBirth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
Data Interpretation IssuesAdequacy of prenatal care cannot be determined for 3-5% of records, so those records are not included in the percentage calculations.
DefinitionThe Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization (APNCU) Index, also called the Kotelchuck Index, uses two crucial elements obtained from birth certificate data-when prenatal care began (initiation) and the number of prenatal visits from when prenatal care began until delivery (received services). A ratio of observed to expected visits is adequate when it is equal to or greater than 80%.
NumeratorNumber of live births to NJ resident mothers with Adequate Prenatal Care during pregnancy
DenominatorNumber of live births to NJ residents
Healthy People Objective: Early and adequate prenatal careU.S. Target: 77.6 percent
Page Content Updated On 08/12/2016, Published on 01/12/2017