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Early Prenatal Care


Early Prenatal Care

What does this measure?

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.

Why is this important?

Early, high-quality prenatal care is critical to reducing risks for complications of pregnancy or birth and improving birth outcomes.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, 84% of women in Berks County received early prenatal care, a higher percentage than in Pennsylvania or the nation, both at 75%. The county rate rose 18 percentage points since 2007, a larger increase than the state level (11 percentage points).

The percentage of women who received early prenatal care in Berks County in 2017 was higher than in Lancaster (68%), Lebanon (75%), Schuylkill (76%) and Montgomery (79%). counties. Berks was fairly similar to Chester and Lehigh (both 80%). The percentage increase in Berks from 2007 to 2017 was larger than the surrounding counties. Unlike Berks, Schuylkill's prenatal care rate declined from 2007 to 2017 by 2 percentage points.

Notes about the data

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. Comparable national data is not available before 2014.

There may be additional research available on this topic. Click on Reports and Resources to learn more.

Early Prenatal Care
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania64%66%67%68%69%69%69%72%72%75%75%
Berks County66%67%67%70%73%74%75%79%79%82%84%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County74%74%74%74%73%74%75%76%76%80%80%
Lancaster County65%63%64%60%61%61%61%67%65%67%68%
Lebanon County70%66%70%69%70%70%71%76%78%78%75%
Lehigh County63%68%70%73%73%72%71%77%63%81%80%
Montgomery County69%72%72%72%72%75%74%76%77%81%79%
Schuylkill County78%79%85%82%80%82%80%80%74%77%76%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Percent of live births for which mothers received prenatal care beginning in the first trimester of pregnancy.




Number of Births with Early Prenatal Care
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania96,96097,89498,74497,89798,63998,85997,163102,998101,899104,676103,171
Berks County3,2863,3203,2833,2593,4323,4903,4993,7813,6653,8193,840
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,4404,4084,2664,0013,9883,9603,9774,0934,0924,1474,172
Lancaster County4,7174,4954,5374,0614,1884,2034,2154,6974,6654,6164,868
Lebanon County1,1121,0141,0461,0181,0841,0851,0431,1581,1571,1501,117
Lehigh County2,7082,8382,8872,9052,8772,8632,8613,0972,5493,3193,327
Montgomery County6,2946,7386,5936,4856,4086,6406,4036,6666,7166,9056,810
Schuylkill County1,0941,1751,1481,0641,0991,0361,0171,026923983932

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Number of births for which mothers received prenatal care beginning in the first trimester of pregnancy.




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