Early Prenatal Care
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Early Prenatal Care
Arkansas County58%
Ashley County61%
Baxter County72%
Benton County75%
Boone County74%
Bradley County71%
Calhoun County64%
Carroll County63%
Chicot County56%
Clark County17%
Clay County64%
Cleburne County70%
Cleveland County62%
Columbia County69%
Conway County66%
Craighead County62%
Crawford County57%
Crittenden County52%
Cross County61%
Dallas County54%
Desha County60%
Drew County62%
Faulkner County64%
Franklin County62%
Fulton County68%
Garland County69%
Grant County56%
Greene County59%
Hempstead County48%
Hot Spring County56%
Howard County42%
Independence County60%
Izard County63%
Jackson County70%
Jefferson County56%
Johnson County64%
Lafayette County59%
Lawrence County58%
Lee County60%
Lincoln County66%
Little River County62%
Logan County55%
Lonoke County57%
Madison County61%
Marion County69%
Miller County62%
Mississippi County52%
Monroe County63%
Montgomery County55%
Nevada County29%
Newton County70%
Ouachita County63%
Perry County66%
Phillips County55%
Pike County56%
Poinsett County58%
Polk County62%
Pope County67%
Prairie County75%
Pulaski County49%
Randolph County63%
Saline County52%
Scott County55%
Searcy County65%
Sebastian County51%
Sevier County63%
Sharp County49%
St. Francis County55%
Stone County71%
Union County67%
Van Buren County71%
Washington County58%
White County73%
Woodruff County64%
Yell County54%

Source: Arkansas Department of Health






1% = 373

What does this measure?

The number of births to women who initiated prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy (before 13 weeks gestation), expressed as a percentage of all live births.

Why is this important?

Early, high-quality prenatal care is critical to reducing risks for complications of pregnancy or birth and improving birth outcomes.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2016, 60% of births were to women who began prenatal care early, up from 56% in 2014. Arkansas is last in the nation on this indicator (a rate of 60% compared to 75% nationally). Rates have increased for blacks, Hispanics and whites, with a particularly sharp increase (9 points) for blacks. In 2016, they were highest for whites at 62%, compared to 54% for black or African American births, 52% for Hispanic births and 29% for Asian or Pacific Islander births.

Within the state, the lowest rates were in Clark and Nevada counties (17% and 29%) and highest in Benton and Prairie counties, both at 75%.

Notes about the data

National data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). State and county data are from the Arkansas Department of Health. The CDC and Arkansas identify individuals by their race (white, black, etc.) separately from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group. Due to Arkansas' change to a new birth certificate form in 2014 (the 2003 U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth) used to collect this information, prior years of data are not comparable and excluded from the charts above. Aggregate national numbers for 2014 exclude Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. Rhode Island is included in 2015, and all states are included in 2016.

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Early Prenatal Care

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Early Prenatal Care by Race/Ethnicity
Asian or Pacific IslanderBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative AmericanNon-HispanicWhite

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Not Applicable
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable