Early prenatal care
Significance of this indicator:
Prenatal care is the care women receive while pregnant to keep them and their babies healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care (Office of Women's Health).
Early prenatal care is important in identifying and treating potential complications that may arise during pregnancy. Additionally, health professionals can offer guidance to pregnant women about making healthy choices regarding food, habits and medicines to provide their unborn babies with a healthy start to life.
How we are doing:
The percent of births for which prenatal care was initiated during the first trimester of pregnancy has steadily increased from 2008 through 2010 both locally and statewide. The rate of births to women receiving early prenatal care in Colorado has exceeded the rate for Pueblo by approximately six percentage points during this time period.
The percent of births for which prenatal care was initiated during the first trimester of pregnancy continued to increase for Colorado as a whole. Pueblo's rate increased by 5 percentage points in 2011, but then decreased by over 5 percentage points in 2012.
The percent of births for which prenatal care was initiated during the first trimester of pregnancy continues to increase for both Pueblo county and Colorado as a whole. Pueblo's rate increased over a percentage point, and Colorado as a whole increased less than a percentage point.
What the data tell us:
Births for which prenatal care was initiated in the first trimester of pregnancy per 100 live births.
Health Statistics Section, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Provided by the Colorado Children's Campaign and/or National KIDS Count Program.