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Mothers who Received Early Prenatal Care
Shows the percentage of births to mothers who began prenatal care in the first trimester of their pregnancy (please note: the methodology for collecting information on the time during pregnancy that prenatal care began was changed in the 2010 revision of the Maryland birth certificate). In order to have the best possible outcome for mother and child, early prenatal care is essential. Even before a woman conceives, she can be given folic acid, checked for immunity to rubella and blood type, as well as advised about smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating a healthy diet. Once a woman is pregnant, prenatal visits to a healthcare provider will include examinations to determine the health of the mother and developing fetus. *The methodology for collecting information on the time during pregnancy that prenatal care began was changed in the 2010 revision of the Maryland birth certificate. As a result, prenatal care data collected after 2009 are not comparable to data collected in earlier years.
Measurement Period: 2015
HP 2020 Target:Healthy People 2020 target: Increase the proportion of pregnant women who receive prenatal care beginning in first trimester to 77.9%
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