The national Healthy People 2020 target for the number of pregnant women receiving prenatal care in the first trimester to be over 77.9%.
Prenatal care is crucial to the health of mother and child and has been shown to reduce low birthweight babies, premature births and infant deaths.
This indicator may be directly related to women having affordable health insurance with affordable coverage. This is particularly important because screening for risk factors associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes can reveal pre-existing health issues and most fetal organs form in the first trimester.
Data after 2006 may not be directly comparable due to calculations based upon the maternal residence
CDC changed the month prenatal care began in 2014 using gestational age based on the obstetric estimate