Prenatal care is the health care women get when they are pregnant. Women who see a health care provider regularly during pregnancy have healthier babies and are less likely to have pregnancy complications. Mothers with unknown prenatal care are excluded from the denominator in calculating the percentage.
Prenatal care (PNC) visits provide benefits to both the mother and baby and are used to monitor the progress of a pregnancy. To achieve the greatest benefit for both the mother and baby, it is recommended that women begin PNC visits in the first trimester of pregnancy or as soon as pregnancy is suspected or confirmed. Early PNC allows health care providers to identify potential problems as early as possible so they can be prevented or treated before they become serious. Ensuring that all women receive early and adequate PNC is a top maternal and child health priority. Public health programs emphasize access to early PNC services for teens, women with less than a high school education, and Black and Hispanic women.
In 2021, in Alachua County, the percent of births with known pnc status that were Births to Mothers With No Prenatal Care (All) was 1.5 compared to Florida at 2.9. Since the oldest age of the mother at birth varies, an ending age of 999 is used to retrieve all records up to and including the oldest age.
Alachua County is in the first quartile for this measure. This means that relative to other counties in Florida, the situation occurs more often in about three quarters of the counties. The map illustrates county data by quartile. It is shown when there are at least 51 counties with data for this measure.Links: Healthy People 2030|More Health Resources
Births to Mothers With No Prenatal Care, Percent of Births With Known PNC Status, 2021
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Births to Mothers With No Prenatal Care, Single Year