Last Updated: September 2022
Author: Division of Maternal and Child Health, Vermont Department of Health
This measure looks at the percentage of pregnant people who began prenatal care during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Though there are differences between geographic areas around the state (as seen in these indicators about Vermont births), the statewide percentage has remained relatively steady over the years.
This measure is influenced by many factors, including medical provider capacity and practice, access to appointment times, access to transportation, and the social context of pregnant people.
Promotion of a healthy pregnancy and identification of risk factors like substance use including tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis and mental health concerns should occur early in pregnancy to be optimally effective. Early prenatal care is also an essential part of helping a pregnant person prepare to become a parent and connect to important resources such as home visiting and lactation education.
If a pregnant person needs help finding a health care provider or local supports, the Local Health Office, WIC and Help Me Grow can provide assistance.