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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.
The sharp increase in 2015 is due to the addition of an explicit "Did Mother Receive Prenatal Care?" question in the new VIP birth registration system. Previously, lack of prenatal care was derived from a "none" response to the prenatal care provider question.


Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race.

Data Source

Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health


Number 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.


Number of live births to pregnant women who received no prenatal care


Total number of live births

How Are We Doing?

The percentage of New Jersey mothers who do not receive prenatal care had been fairly steady at slightly above 1% through the past two decades. The addition of an explicit "Did Mother Receive Prenatal Care?" question in the new VIP birth registration system is mostly responsible for the increase to 1.4% in 2015. Rates for Whites, Hispanics, and Asians have remained fairly constant since 2000, however, the rate among Blacks has declined about 40% since then. Rates of no prenatal care vary widely by county from a low of 0.3% (Hunterdon) to a high of 2.3% (Essex).

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. []
Page Content Updated On 11/06/2017, Published on 11/06/2017
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