Prenatal Care During the First Trimester

Prenatal Care During the First Trimester

What does this measure?

The number of births to women who initiated prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy (before 13 weeks gestation), expressed as a percentage of all live births.

Why is this important?

Early, high-quality prenatal care is critical to reducing risks for complications of pregnancy or birth and improving birth outcomes.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, 82% of pregnant women in Erie County received early prenatal care, a higher share than in Pennsylvania or the nation, both at 77%. The county rate has increased 11 percentage points since 2007, when it was 71%, while the state increased 6 points.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Erie's share of women who received prenatal care in 2017 was higher than Broome County, NY (75%), Luzerne County, PA (73%), and Stark County, OH (72%). Erie's increase since 2007 was higher than Broome, Luzerne and Stark. Broome's rate was unchanged during this time, but Luzerne and Stark both had a decline of 1 percentage point.

Notes about the data

In addition to considering when prenatal care began, it is also important to understand the quality and continuity of care received throughout the pregnancy. National data are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; state- and county-level data are from state and local health departments. Comparable national data was only available for 2016 and 2017.

Prenatal Care During the First Trimester
United States77%77%
Erie County, PA71%74%75%76%72%79%78%80%81%84%82%
Broome County, NY75%77%78%81%80%78%79%81%80%78%75%
Stark County, OH73%73%73%75%73%72%70%73%72%73%72%
Luzerne County, PA74%72%73%74%72%74%73%73%75%76%73%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Percent of live births for which mothers received prenatal care beginning in the first trimester of pregnancy.

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