Prenatal care refers to pregnancy-related care. Prenatal care services typically include screening and treatment for medical conditions, and identification and interventions for behavioral risk factors associated with poor birth outcomes (e.g. smoking, poor nutrition). Assessment of the appropriateness of prenatal care obtained during pregnancy can be measured in different ways. PeriStats provides data on the timing of the first prenatal care visit; that is, when prenatal care is first initiated during the pregnancy. It also provides data on the adequacy of prenatal care, which assesses both the timing of the first prenatal care visit, and the frequency of visits throughout the entire pregnancy adjusted for the infant's gestational age.
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In North Carolina in 2021, 74.5% of live births were to women receiving early prenatal care, 17.1% were to women beginning care in the second trimester, and 8.4% were to women receiving late or no prenatal care.
In 2021, about 1 in 12 infants (8.4% of live births) was born to a woman receiving late or no prenatal care in North Carolina.
In North Carolina, 77.0% of live births were to women receiving adequate/adequate plus prenatal care, 6.0% were to women receiving intermediate care, and 16.9% were to women receiving inadequate care.
In 2021, about 1 in 6 infants (16.9% of live births) was born to a woman receiving inadequate prenatal care in North Carolina.
Notes: Early prenatal care is pregnancy-related care beginning in the first trimester (1-3 months).
Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data. Retrieved June 7, 2023, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.
In North Carolina, 74.5% of infants were born to women receiving early prenatal care in 2021.