Early Prenatal Care
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Early Prenatal Care
Arkansas County68%
Ashley County66%
Baxter County69%
Benton County73%
Boone County69%
Bradley County61%
Calhoun County73%
Carroll County56%
Chicot County64%
Clark County75%
Clay County70%
Cleburne County71%
Cleveland County76%
Columbia County74%
Conway County69%
Craighead County61%
Crawford County61%
Crittenden County66%
Cross County73%
Dallas County63%
Desha County71%
Drew County68%
Faulkner County72%
Franklin County59%
Fulton County68%
Garland County64%
Grant County67%
Greene County65%
Hempstead County67%
Hot Spring County69%
Howard County63%
Independence County69%
Izard County66%
Jackson County72%
Jefferson County66%
Johnson County65%
Lafayette County61%
Lawrence County69%
Lee County55%
Lincoln County65%
Little River County70%
Logan County60%
Lonoke County65%
Madison County63%
Marion County64%
Miller County61%
Mississippi County59%
Monroe County73%
Montgomery County67%
Nevada County65%
Newton County66%
Ouachita County61%
Perry County73%
Phillips County62%
Pike County66%
Poinsett County57%
Polk County68%
Pope County69%
Prairie County69%
Pulaski County66%
Randolph County65%
Saline County72%
Scott County60%
Searcy County55%
Sebastian County53%
Sevier County60%
Sharp County61%
St. Francis County60%
Stone County74%
Union County68%
Van Buren County68%
Washington County60%
White County76%
Woodruff County61%
Yell County57%

Source: Arkansas Department of Health






1% = 371

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 Arkansas doing?

In 2017, 67% of births were to women who began prenatal care early, up from 56% in 2014. Despite this improvement, Arkansas was last in the nation on this indicator and 8 percentage points lower than the national rate, at 75%. Since 2014, rates declined for non-Hispanic, black and white births; rates were flat, however, for Asian and Hispanic births.

Within the state, the lowest rates were in Sebastian, Lee and Searcy counties (all at or below 55%), while the highest were Cleveland and White counties (both at 76%).

Notes about the data

National data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). State and county data are from the Arkansas Department of Health. The CDC and Arkansas identify individuals by their race (white, black, etc.) separately from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group. Due to Arkansas' change to a new birth certificate form in 2014 (the 2003 U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth) used to collect this information, prior years of data are not comparable and excluded from the charts above. Aggregate national numbers for 2014 exclude Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. Rhode Island is included in 2015, and all states are included in 2016.

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Early Prenatal Care

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Early Prenatal Care by Race/Ethnicity
Asian/Pacific IslanderBlackHispanicNative AmericanNon-HispanicWhite

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable