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.
Early, high-quality prenatal care is critical to reducing risks for complications of pregnancy or birth and improving birth outcomes.
In 2014, 79% of mothers in the 9-county region reported receiving early prenatal care, 4 percentage points higher than the statewide rate. The rate in our region has remained between 76% and 79% throughout the decade, higher than the state's rates. Mothers in Yates reported the lowest prenatal care in the region, 49% in 2014, down 6 points from the prior year. Mothers in Ontario reported the highest prenatal care in the region at 85%. In the City of Rochester, 71% of births were to women accessing early prenatal care, below the regional figure but up from 63% in 2000.
The rate excludes the number of live births for which the date of entry into prenatal care is unknown. In addition to considering when prenatal care began, it is also important to understand the quality and continuity of care received throughout the pregnancy.