| ||Adequate and adequate plus prenatal care is defined by the Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index as pregnancy-related care beginning in the first four months of pregnancy with the appropriate number of visits for the infant's gestational age. Inadequate care is pregnancy-related care beginning in the fifth month or later or less than 50% of the appropriate number of visits for the infant's gestational age. |
| ||In the United States, 74.7% of live births were to women receiving adequate/adequate plus prenatal care, 14.0% were to women receiving intermediate care, and 11.3% were to women receiving inadequate care. |
Healthy people 2020
Adequate/adeq+ prenatal care: increase to at least 77.6% of live births.
National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
Kotelchuck M. An evaluation of the Kessner Adequacy of Prenatal Care Index and a proposed Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index. Am J Public Health 1994; 84: 1414-1420.
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