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Health Indicator Report of Prenatal Care

Women who receive early and consistent prenatal care (PNC) enhance their likelihood of giving birth to a healthy child. Health care providers recommend that women begin prenatal care in the first trimester of their pregnancy.

Prenatal Care in the First Trimester of Pregnancy by Ethnicity, Utah, 2013


Percentage of mothers of live born infants where prenatal care was reported to have been received in the first trimester. (Births where prenatal care was unreported were counted in the denominator.)

Data Source

Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health

Data Interpretation Issues

There are no U.S. comparable data after 2008. Prenatal care reporting is not comparable between the 1989 and 2003 revisions of the birth certificate due to wording and format changes. Utah adopted the 2003 revision to the birth certificate in 2009.


Number of infants born to pregnant women receiving prenatal care in the first trimester as a percentage of the total number of live births.


Number of infants born to pregnant women receiving prenatal care in the first trimester.


Number of live births.

Healthy People Objective MICH-10.1:

Prenatal care beginning in first trimester
U.S. Target: 77.9 percent
State Target: 77.9 percent

Other Objectives

Utah's 42 Community Health Indicators

How Are We Doing?

The percentage of women entering prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy has increased from 74.8% in 2011 to 76.4% in 2013.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The National Center for Health Statistics has not reported U.S. rates of first trimester prenatal care entry since 2008. Because of this, comparisons cannot be made.

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Department of Health Baby Your Baby Program sponsors a statewide media campaign and provides information and referral services to pregnant women in Utah. MotherToBaby (formerly Pregnancy Risk Line) is a phone service available to pregnant women, the public, and health care providers who have questions about possible effects of medications, chemicals, or infectious agents on a developing baby or breastfed infant. The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) collects and analyzes data to identify characteristics of Utah women and their utilization of prenatal care. The Maternal and Infant Health Program will utilize these data to target interventions in those populations identified as having poor first trimester entry.

Available Services

The Baby Your Baby toll-free hotline can be reached by dialing 1-800-826-9662. The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Its operators can provide you with information, referrals, assistance in finding financial aid, and access to community health care services.

Health Program Information

Early entry into prenatal care for women with limited financial resources is facilitated by the Division of Medicaid and Health Financing's Presumptive Eligibility for Prenatal Medicaid Program - also known as the Baby Your Baby Program. Applicants are screened via a brief application and those meeting the program's eligibility requirements are able to receive a medical card that will provide temporary coverage in order to allow them to begin prenatal care from any willing Medicaid provider in Utah. During the time the woman has temporary coverage, she completes the more lengthy Medicaid Application. The Baby Your Baby Program acts as a bridge into Prenatal Medicaid and allows women to start their prenatal care in a timely manner.
Page Content Updated On 11/05/2014, Published on 12/08/2014
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