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Births with late or no prenatal care received in Connecticut

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Why This Indicator Matters

Regular prenatal care is correlated with improved health outcomes for both mothers and babies.[i] Frequent and timely prenatal visits provide pregnant women and their physicians to monitor maternal and fetal health, track fetal development, and identify potential health risks and issues. [ii] Research has shown that a variety of factors, including having health insurance and social support from partners, increase the probability of accessing prenatal care throughout pregnancy among low-income women who are otherwise less likely receive regular care prior to giving birth compared to their higher income peers. [iii]

[i] Kotelchuck, M. (1994). The Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index: its US distribution and association with low birthweight. American journal of public health84(9), 1486-1489.

[ii] Chalmers, B., Mangiaterra, V., & Porter, R. (2001). WHO principles of perinatal care: the essential antenatal, perinatal, and postpartum care course. Birth28(3), 202-207.

[iii] Schaffer, M. A. and Lia-Hoagberg, B. (1997), Effects of Social Support on Prenatal Care and Health Behaviors of Low-Income Women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 26: 433-440. doi:10.1111/j.1552-6909.1997.tb02725.x

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Definition and Source



This indicator reports the number and percentage of births to mothers who either did not receive prenatal care, or whose care began during the second or third trimester, which is considered late.

Data Source

Connecticut Department of Public Health, Vital Statistics, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Table 4.                    


The numbers and percentages of births to mothers who either did not receive prenatal care, or whose care began during the second or third trimester were obtained from the State Department of Public Health Vital Statistics tables. Counts of five or fewerexcluding zerowere suppressed by the Department of Public Health, as were percentages derived from suppressed totals. Denominators used for calculating percentages exclude records with missing data.

NA: Not Available
S: Data Suppressed

The data source has not published new data for this indicator in recent years, but the indicator will be updated on the KIDS COUNT Data Center if or when new data are released. Until then, these data may provide useful historical information for those working in this field.


Last Updated

December 2023