Births to women who received adequate prenatal care

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Definitions: Number - number of live births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care.
Rate - number of live births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care per 100 live births.
The Kotelchuck Index is used to measure early and adequate prenatal care (PNC):

  • Adequate plus PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 110 % or more expected PNC visits were received
  • Adequate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 80% to 109% of expected PNC visits were received
  • Intermediate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 50% to 79% of expected PNC visits were received
  • Inadequate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 5 or later or less than 50% of expected PNC visits were received

Early and adequate PNC includes "adequate plus PNC" and "adequate PNC."


Data Source: Live births 2001-2010: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: Louisiana began using the 2003 birth certificate format in December, 2010. Because questions related to prenatal care are not directly comparable for the 2003 birth certificate and the previous version used, 2010 data only reflects births that occurred through Dec 6, 2010.