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Topic: Inadequate prenatal care by race/ethnicity
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Inadequate prenatal care by race/ethnicity: United States, 2000-2002 Average

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• In the United States during 2000-2002 (average), Native American mothers (23.8%) had the highest rates of inadequate prenatal care compared to other maternal race and ethnicity categories. 
• The rate of inadequate prenatal care among births to Native American women (23.8%) was about 2 times higher than the rate among white women (7.6%). 

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 23, 2014, from www.marchofdimes.com/peristats.