Early Prenatal Care
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Early Prenatal Care
Arkansas County70%
Ashley County70%
Baxter County63%
Benton County74%
Boone County75%
Bradley County70%
Calhoun County87%
Carroll County60%
Chicot County58%
Clark County78%
Clay County73%
Cleburne County73%
Cleveland County83%
Columbia County72%
Conway County75%
Craighead County64%
Crawford County67%
Crittenden County65%
Cross County74%
Dallas County69%
Desha County65%
Drew County65%
Faulkner County77%
Franklin County69%
Fulton County62%
Garland County70%
Grant County71%
Greene County66%
Hempstead County70%
Hot Spring County69%
Howard County69%
Independence County66%
Izard County57%
Jackson County66%
Jefferson County68%
Johnson County55%
Lafayette County60%
Lawrence County66%
Lee County65%
Lincoln County78%
Little River County80%
Logan County68%
Lonoke County73%
Madison County62%
Marion County57%
Miller County67%
Mississippi County62%
Monroe County70%
Montgomery County74%
Nevada County68%
Newton County64%
Ouachita County68%
Perry County79%
Phillips County68%
Pike County68%
Poinsett County55%
Polk County73%
Pope County70%
Prairie County77%
Pulaski County72%
Randolph County64%
Saline County77%
Scott County65%
Searcy County72%
Sebastian County57%
Sevier County60%
Sharp County68%
St. Francis County75%
Stone County67%
Union County74%
Van Buren County78%
Washington County63%
White County80%
Woodruff County69%
Yell County57%

Source: Arkansas Department of Health






1% = 367

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 2018, 69% of births were to women who began prenatal care early, up from 56% in 2014. This makes Arkansas 47th in the nation on this indicator and 7 percentage points lower than the national rate, at 76%. Since 2014, rates has increased steadily for all ethnicities.

Within the state, the lowest rates were in Izard, Johnson, Marion, Poinsett, Sebastian and Yell counties (all below 60%), while the highest were Calhoun and Cleveland counties (at 87% and 83%, respectively).

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 Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
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 Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
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