Early Prenatal Care
What does this measure?
The proportion of births in which mothers began receiving prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy (before 13 weeks gestation).
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 are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
In 2011, 82% of mothers in Cayuga and 62% of mothers in Seneca received early prenatal care, compared to 76% in the state (excluding NYC). Early prenatal care rates in Cayuga were 1-6 points above state (excluding NYC) rates for 10 of the past 11 years. Rates in Seneca have declined since 2000 and have remained below state levels. The four comparison counties had rates ranging from 74% to 79% in 2011.
Notes about the data
The rate excludes the number of live births for which the date of entry into prenatal care is unknown. In addition to when prenatal care began, it is also important to consider the quality and continuity of care received throughout the pregnancy.