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Adequate Prenatal Care by race/ethnicity, detailed in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to promote a healthy birth. Getting early and regular prenatal care improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy. Having prenatal care begin in the first trimester also reduces the likelihood of having a low-birth weight baby. National Institute of Health- Prenatal Care 

What the data shows
Adequate/adequate plus prenatal care is pregnancy-related care beginning in the first four months of pregnancy with the appropriate number of visits for the infant's gestational age. For 2019-2021, the national rate of receiving adequate prenatal care in the first trimester was 75.7% while in Maine the rate was over 10 percentage points higher at 85.9%. Previously, Maine rate was 84.9% for 2018-2020. Nationally, as well as in Maine, due to the effects of systemic racism and issues in access to care, Black mothers were less likely to have prenatal care in the first trimester. Nationally, for 2019-2021, the U.S. rate of receiving adequate prenatal care was 68.1% for Black mothers, nearly the same as Maine's rate of 68.4%. Maine's previous rate for Black mothers was 63.3% for 2018-2020. For American Indians, Maine had a much higher rate of adequate prenatal care than the U.S. at 81.0% compared, 61%. Maine also exceeded national rates for Hispanics at 79.4% compared to the US rate of 70.3%.
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Definition and Source



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. The timing refers to getting a first prenatal visit in the first four months or pregnancy as well as subsequent needed appointments.

Data Source

March of Dimes Adequacy of Prenatal Care which is from the National Center for Health Statistics, final nativity data. (Choose "race and ethnicity" in the dropdown choices, not "race".)


* Rate for American Indian/Alaska Native was based on small number of cases and should be interpreted with caution. Hispanic is excluded from every race category.

Last Updated

November 2023