PHOM Indicator Profile Report of Prenatal Care
Why Is This Important?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.
Data SourceUtah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
Data NotesPercentage 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).
Risk Factors2014-2016 data show the following risk factors contribute to being less likely to enter prenatal care in the first trimester: *Tobacco use during pregnancy *Inadequate weight gain during pregnancy
How Are We Doing?The percentage of women entering prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy steadily increased from 71.6% in 2009 to 76.4% in 2015, however in 2016, the rate slightly decreased to 75.4%.
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. MotherToBaby can be reached by both phone calls or text messaging. 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.
Healthy People Objective: Increase the proportion of pregnant women who receive prenatal care beginning in first trimesterU.S. Target: 77.9 percent
State Target: 77.9 percent