ERIC Number: ED162720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Prenatal Care: New Hampshire Residents - 1976.
Mires, Maynard H.; Sirc, Charles E.
Data from 1976 New Hampshire birth certificates were used to examine the correlations between the degree (month of pregnancy that prenatal care began) and intensity (number of prenatal visits) of prenatal care and low infant birth weight, illegitimacy, maternal age, maternal education, and complications of pregnancy. The rate of low birth weight infants was found to be significantly higher for those mothers who waited until the second trimester of pregnancy before getting prenatal care and for those mothers who had had 8 prenatal visits or less. Mothers who were 19 years of age or younger, had less than 12 years of education, and were giving birth out-of-wedlock tended to initiate their prenatal care later in their term of pregnancy. Younger, less educated mothers who had low birth weight infants or who gave birth out-of-wedlock also tended to have had fewer prenatal visits. Fewer prenatal visits was shown to be correlated with more complications of pregnancy. Early onset of prenatal care was found to be weakly correlated with fewer complications of pregnancy. (JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Hampshire State Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. Div. of Public Health Services. Concord.
Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire