Births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care by race and ethnicity in Louisiana

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Definitions: Number - live births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care.
Percent - 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). Early and adequate prenatal care is defined as PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3 or 4 and 80% or more expected PNC visits were received.

Data Source: Live births 2001-2010: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics, Louisiana Department of Health.

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - numbers are not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period. Rates based on fewer than 20 events are not reported.

Note that "Total" data includes all racial and ethnic categories (not just black and white) and thus may be larger than the sum of the two racial categories presented here. Data for other racial and ethnic groups were not reported due to the small number of events in most parishes.

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.