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Early prenatal care

This indicator shows the percentage of pregnant women who receive prenatal care beginning in the first trimester. Inadequate prenatal care services have been linked to higher rates of infant mortality, low birth weight and pre-term deliveries. While Maryland as a whole ranks better than the National average and the Healthy People 2020 Target, disparities still exist. Due to the change in methodology for collecting information on the Maryland birth certificate, data collected in 2010 and after are not comparable to data collected in earlier years.

Measurement Period: 2014

HP 2020:
HP 2020:
HP 2020:

Data Trend

  • HP 2020: 77.9         66.9

    Jurisdiction20102011201220132014
    Maryland6967.767.96766.6


    Jurisdiction20102011201220132014
    Allegany75.469.57470.278
    Anne Arundel78.274.771.474.271.8
    Baltimore City64.962.864.456.756.6
    Baltimore County68.468.668.966.264.9
    Calvert78.278.176.877.377.1
    Caroline7580.978.873.574.1
    Carroll73.673.874.171.675
    Cecil78.180.481.178.775.7
    Charles66.660.466.96766.5
    Dorchester73.574.177.873.573.4
    Frederick7674.676.876.176.6
    Garrett82.18381.181.278.4
    Harford78.778.77875.274.5
    Howard73.27371.86469.7
    Kent77.37774.672.779.6
    Montgomery69.366.966.567.968.3
    Prince George's5454.156.258.156.4
    Queen Anne's84.581.176.981.479.9
    Saint Mary's74.876.179.279.877.4
    Somerset73.679.572.272.276.6
    Talbot79.473.77773.673.6
    Washington6468.171.171.769.1
    Wicomico67.473.172.976.874
    Worcester73.478.47477.877.6

Data Details

  • Source Maryland DHMH Vital Statistics Administration (VSA) Annual Reports
    Numerator Number of mothers who began prenatal care in the first trimester
    Denominator (Number of live births from Maryland DHMH Vital Statistics Administration (VSA)) - (Number of mothers with "Not Stated" prenatal care)
    Reporting Threshold (*) 5. Rate not reported if below threshold. Counts may be available upon request.
    Calculation (Numerator/Denominator)*100
    Race/ ethnicity All races/ ethnicities (aggregated)
    Black Non-Hispanic
    Hispanic
    White Non-Hispanic
    Asian/ Pacific Islander Non-Hispanic
    Other In 2016, an updated data set for 2010 to 2014 was uploaded to this website. Updated rates differ from past values posted on this website.
 
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