About the Data
Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
Number of births to females receiving adequate prenatal care by the Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index (APNCU) in states that use the 2003 standard certificate of birth
Number of live births in states that use the 2003 standard certificate of birth
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.
Additional resources about the objective
- Kotelchuch, M. An evaluation of the Kessner adequacy of prenatal care index and a proposed adequacy of prenatal care utilization index. American Journal of Public Health 84(9): 1414-1420, 1994.
- Osterman MJK, Martin JA, Menacker F. Expanded health data from the new birth certificate, 2006. National vital statistics reports; vol 58 no 5. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2009.