Differences by race and Hispanic origin*
In 2017, American Indian and Alaska Native women were most likely to report late or no prenatal care (12 percent of births), followed by non-Hispanic black (10 percent) and Hispanic women (8 percent). By contrast, only 6 percent of 2017 births among Asian or Pacific Islander women, and 5 percent of births among non-Hispanic white women, were births where the mother received late or no prenatal care.
There is large variation in prenatal care receipt among Hispanic subgroups. For example, in 2017, the rate of women receiving late or no prenatal care was 4 percent for mothers of Cuban origin, 6 percent for mothers of Puerto Rican origin, 8 percent for mothers of Mexican origin, and 9 percent for mothers of Central and South American origins (Appendix 1).
* Hispanic mothers may be of any race. Estimates for white and black mothers in this report do not include Hispanic mothers.