Health Indicator Report of No Prenatal Care
Women who receive early and consistent prenatal care 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.
NotesData 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 IssuesThe addition of an explicit "Did Mother Receive Prenatal Care?" question in the new VIP birth registration system, rolled out in NJ birthing hospitals from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 3015, makes comparison of pre-2016 data to data from 2016 and later invalid.
DefinitionNumber of live births to pregnant women who did not receive prenatal care at any time during this pregnancy as a percentage of the total number of live births.
NumeratorNumber of live births to pregnant women who received no prenatal care
DenominatorTotal number of live births
How Are We Doing?Black mothers are twice as likely as Hispanic mothers to receive no prenatal care (PNC) and more than twice as likely as White and Asian mothers. No PNC is significantly higher among unmarried mothers, mothers who use tobacco during pregnancy, and mothers who are on Medicaid. The likelihood of no PNC is highest among mothers with less than a high school education and decreases with increasing educational attainment.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?In both the U.S. and New Jersey, 1.6% of births in 2016 were to mothers who received no prenatal care.
What Is Being Done?The 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. [http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/]
Available ServicesNJ FamilyCare: [http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/clients/medicaid/pregnant/] NJ Parent Link: [http://www.njparentlink.nj.gov/njparentlink/health/before/] Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs): [http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/primarycare/fqhc/]
Page Content Updated On 05/04/2018, Published on 05/04/2018