Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
The Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index (APNCU) is a measure of prenatal care utilization that combines the month of pregnancy prenatal care begun with the number of prenatal visits. Rates can be classified as “intensive use,” “adequate,” “intermediate,” or “less than adequate.” For this measure, adequate prenatal care is defined as a score of either “adequate” or “intensive use.” A discussion of the APNCU has been published.
Estimates were calculated with data supplied by the states that had adopted the 2003 version of the U.S. State Certificate of Live Birth. Trends over time cannot be evaluated until such time as all states provide data in the same format.
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