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Inadequate prenatal care: United States, 1992-2002

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• Inadequate prenatal care is pregnancy-related care beginning in the fifth month of pregnancy or later or less than 50% of the appropriate number of visits for an infant's gestational age. 
• In 2002, about 1 in 9 infants (11.3% of live births) was born to a woman receiving inadequate prenatal care in the United States. 

Footnotes

  • Adequacy is measured using the Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index, which classifies prenatal care received into 1 of 4 categories (inadequate, intermediate, adequate, and adequate plus) by combining information about the timing of prenatal care, the number of visits, and the infant's gestational age.

Source

  • 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.
  • Retrieved April 16, 2014, from www.marchofdimes.com/peristats.