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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Prenatal care initiation among pregnant teens in the United States: an analysis over 25 years.

PURPOSE: To examine changes in the initiation of prenatal care by teenage girls in the United States between 1978 and 2003. METHODS: Using birth certificate data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics from 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2003 we described initiation of prenatal care in preteens (aged 10-14 years), young adolescents (aged 15-16), and older adolescents (aged 17-19) by the trimester in which care began. RESULTS: Although all three age groups showed trends toward earlier prenatal care, shifts to earlier prenatal care were mainly the result of more girls starting care in the first trimester and fewer in the second trimester. Younger teens were more likely to delay prenatal care or to receive no prenatal care for every year studied. Less education and prior births were also associated with increased likelihood of receiving delayed care. CONCLUSIONS: Shifts in timing of prenatal care initiation occurred in the U.S from 1978 to 2003. Much of the change corresponded to expanded eligibility in Medicaid coverage, suggesting that lack of health care coverage was a significant impediment to early prenatal care.[1]


  1. Prenatal care initiation among pregnant teens in the United States: an analysis over 25 years. Hueston, W.J., Geesey, M.E., Diaz, V. J. Adolesc. Health (2008) [Pubmed]
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