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Mothers who Received Early Prenatal Care

This indicator shows the percentage of births to mothers who began prenatal care in the first trimester of their pregnancy.

Mothers who Received Early Prenatal Care

61.8
56.9
Comparison: TX Counties 

58.1

percent
Measurement Period: 2011

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Categories: Health / Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health, Health / Family Planning
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 235 Texas counties.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 2013
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Why is this important?

Babies born to mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care. Early prenatal care (i.e. care in the first trimester of a pregnancy) allows women and their health care providers to identify and, when possible, treat or correct health problems and health-compromising behaviors that can be particularly damaging during the initial stages of fetal development. Increasing the number of women who receive prenatal care, and who do so early in their pregnancies, can improve birth outcomes and lower health care costs by reducing the likelihood of complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to increase the proportion of pregnant women who receive prenatal care in the first trimester to 77.9%.

Mothers who Received Early Prenatal Care : Time Series

2006: 53.1 2007: 50.2 2008: 51.0 2009: 52.9 2010: 56.1 2011: 58.1

percent

Mothers who Received Early Prenatal Care by Race/Ethnicity

Black: 50.1 Hispanic: 55.5 White: 67.8 Overall: 58.1

percent

White Race/Ethnicity category includes Other and Unknown Race/Ethnicity.

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Mothers who Received Early Prenatal Care

Comparison: Prior Value 

58.1

percent
Measurement Period: 2011

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Categories: Health / Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health, Health / Family Planning
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 2013

Why is this important?

Babies born to mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care. Early prenatal care (i.e. care in the first trimester of a pregnancy) allows women and their health care providers to identify and, when possible, treat or correct health problems and health-compromising behaviors that can be particularly damaging during the initial stages of fetal development. Increasing the number of women who receive prenatal care, and who do so early in their pregnancies, can improve birth outcomes and lower health care costs by reducing the likelihood of complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to increase the proportion of pregnant women who receive prenatal care in the first trimester to 77.9%.

Mothers who Received Early Prenatal Care : Time Series

2006: 53.1 2007: 50.2 2008: 51.0 2009: 52.9 2010: 56.1 2011: 58.1

percent

Mothers who Received Early Prenatal Care by Race/Ethnicity

Black: 50.1 Hispanic: 55.5 White: 67.8 Overall: 58.1

percent

White Race/Ethnicity category includes Other and Unknown Race/Ethnicity.

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Mothers who Received Early Prenatal Care

Target Not Met
Comparison: Healthy People 2020 Target 

58.1

percent
Measurement Period: 2011

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

View Every County

Healthy People 2020 Target: 77.9 percent
Categories: Health / Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health, Health / Family Planning
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 2013

Why is this important?

Babies born to mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care. Early prenatal care (i.e. care in the first trimester of a pregnancy) allows women and their health care providers to identify and, when possible, treat or correct health problems and health-compromising behaviors that can be particularly damaging during the initial stages of fetal development. Increasing the number of women who receive prenatal care, and who do so early in their pregnancies, can improve birth outcomes and lower health care costs by reducing the likelihood of complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to increase the proportion of pregnant women who receive prenatal care in the first trimester to 77.9%.

Mothers who Received Early Prenatal Care : Time Series

2006: 53.1 2007: 50.2 2008: 51.0 2009: 52.9 2010: 56.1 2011: 58.1

percent

Mothers who Received Early Prenatal Care by Race/Ethnicity

Black: 50.1 Hispanic: 55.5 White: 67.8 Overall: 58.1

percent

White Race/Ethnicity category includes Other and Unknown Race/Ethnicity.

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