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Prenatal care began in the first trimester by race and 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
For 2018-2020, the national rate of receiving prenatal care in the first trimester was 77.6%.while in Maine the rate was 84.9% for this 3-year period. However, nationally, as well as in Maine, due to the effects of systemic racism and issues in access to care, Black mothers are less likely to have prenatal care in the first trimester. Nationally, for 2018-2020, the rate of prenatal care in the first trimester was 67.8% for Black mothers and in Maine it was 63.3%. For American Indians, Maine had a higher rate at 79.9% than the United States as a whole, 64.3%. Maine also exceeded national rates for Hispanics at 78.8% compared to the US rate of 72.4%.
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The number and percent of live births for which the mother began receiving prenatal care during the first three months of pregnancy. The numerator is the number of mothers that had prenatal care in the first trimester and the denominator is the number of live births.  The time period is 2018-2020


* Rate is based on small number of cases and should be interpreted with caution. Hispanic is excluded from every race category.

Uploaded February 2022.

Last Updated

December 2022