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Topic: Adequate/adeq+ prenatal care by race
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Adequate/adeq+ prenatal care by race: United States, 2000-2002 Average

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• In the United States during 2000-2002 (average), white (75.9%) mothers had the highest rates of adequate/adequate plus prenatal care, followed by Asian/Pacific Islanders (74.0%), blacks (67.5%) and American Indian/Alaska Natives (58.7%). 

Healthy people 2020

  • Adequate/adeq+ prenatal care: increase to at least 77.6% of live births.


  • Adequacy is measured using the Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index, which classifies prenatal care received into 1 of 4 categories (inadequate, intermediate, adequate, and adequate plus) by combining information about the timing of prenatal care, the number of visits, and the infant's gestational age.


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Kotelchuck M. An evaluation of the Kessner Adequacy of Prenatal Care Index and a proposed Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index. Am J Public Health 1994; 84: 1414-1420.
  • Retrieved January 24, 2018, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.