Tuolumne County Profile - Community Indicators Project 2008
Tuolumne County Profile Introduction Health and Safety Education and the Arts Natural Resources and Recreation Economy and Infrastructure Appendices Conclusion Acknowledgements

Prenatal & Infant Health Care

Why is this important?

The health care our babies receive, before and after birth influences the subsequent state of their health. Therefore, measuring the health of a community is intimately connected with the health of pregnant women and the practices employed during this important period.

What is the measure?

Early and regular visits to a health care provider during pregnancy have been shown to improve pregnancy outcomes. Data are collected at the time of delivery to determine when prenatal care began and how frequently mothers visited health care providers during pregnancy.

Appropriate use of infant and child safety seats can be used to gauge adherence to accident prevention recommendations for infants and children.

How are we doing?

Little change occurred in either the time when
local mothers first see a health care provider during
pregnancy, or in the frequency of prenatal visits
received during pregnancy. The recent Tuolumne
County rates for these indicators paralleled the
average rate throughout California. Slightly over
three fourths of local pregnant women received the
recommended number of prenatal visits.

More than 90% of Tuolumne County mothers planned to breast-feed their babies at the time of hospital discharge, compared to an average of 86% throughout California. However, as seen in the state data, local breastfeeding diminished rapidly over the first few months of infancy to less than 30% after four months.

Birth rates to adolescent mothers 15 to 19 years of age in Tuolumne County are similar to rates throughout California for a similar demographic population, at 22 per 1,000 adolescents.

Although infant and child car seats requirements are more stringent in recent years, appropriate use of these improved.

Prenatal Care Initiated
During the First Third of Pregnancy

Prenatal Care Initiated During the First Third of Prgnancy
Source(s): California County Health Status Profiles 2007, California Department of Public Health; http://ww2.cdph.ca.gov/programs/OHIR/Pages/CHSP.aspx

Attended At Least an Adequate # of Prenatal Visits

Attended At Least an Adequate # of Prenatal Visits
Source(s): California County Health Status Profiles 2007, California Department of Public Health; http://ww2.cdph.ca.gov/programs/OHIR/Pages/CHSP.aspx

Tuolumne County Proper Use of Child Safety Seats

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Tuolumne County - Central Sierra Mountains