|Hot Spring County||69%|
|Little River County||80%|
|St. Francis County||75%|
|Van Buren County||78%|
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.
|Asian/Pacific Islander||Black||Hispanic||Native American||Non-Hispanic||White|
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