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2008 North Carolina Resident Live Births
Risk Factors and Characteristics for
Parity - Total number of pregnancies, including the current live birth
Kotelchuck Index (Adequacy Of Prenatal Care) - This summary of the quantitative adequacy of prenatal care classifies prenatal care into four categories: Adequate Plus, Adequate, Intermediate, and Inadequate. The index uses birth certificate data on gestational age, number of prenatal visits, and month prenatal care began. The actual number of prenatal visits is compared to the recommended number of prenatal visits (accounting for gestational age), and the month prenatal care began is considered. The definitions of the four categories are:
Adequate Plus: Prenatal care begun by the 4th month and 110% or more of recommended
For a discussion of the Kessner and Kotelchuck indexes, see "Kotelchuck, M. An Evaluation of the Kessner Adequacy of Prenatal Care Index and a Proposed Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index." Am J Public Health. 1994; 84:1414-1420.
Mother's Medicaid Status -
Produced by the N.C. Division Public Health, Women's and Children's Health Section in cooperation with the State Center for Health Statistics.
Page Last Updated Monday March 19 2012