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Prenatal care began in the first trimester, 1997-2020 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. The importance of early and adequate prenatal care (Healthy People 2030)

What the data shows
In 2020, the national rate of receiving prenatal care in the first trimester was 77.7%. March of Dimes Prenatal Care while in Maine the rate was 90.2% in 2020. The previous year, Maine's rate was nearly the same at 90.1%, compared to 87.7% in 2001 and 2002.

In 2020, the rates of receiving prenatal care in the first trimester varied between a high of 97% in Washington, 95% in Penobscot and 94% in Hancock Counties. The three counties with the lowest rates of prenatal care in the first trimester were: Sagadahoc (79%), Androscoggin, (86%) and Lincoln, (87%).
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Definition and Source



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.


NA=Not available
Includes only live births.

Last update: February 2022, as new data went to a new series.

Last Updated

February 2023