NYS Perinatal Health
Perinatal health can be defined as a continuum of healthy practices, beginning before pregnancy occurs and continuing through the prenatal and postpartum periods.
More than 70% of the users of all health care and medical services in the United States are women and children. Healthy birth outcomes are important not only to parents, but are essential for the quality of life, economic prosperity and long term vitality of families, communities, states and nations.
In New York State:
- There are currently 4,079,201 women of child bearing age (ages 15 - 44).
- There were 391,034 total pregnancies in 2007.
- 12.4% of infants (30,946 babies) were born preterm in New York in 2008.
- Only 69.2% of pregnant women received early prenatal care within the first trimester.
- There was an estimated 2,389,247 uninsured individuals under the age of 65 in 2007.
- Pregnancy Rates per 1,000 teens (15-19) is 58.4%
- About 1 in 6 women (ages 15-44) lived in families with incomes below the poverty threshold.
- About 1 in 5 children (under age 19) lived in families with incomes below the poverty threshold.
- Infant Mortality (deaths from birth to one year of age) total 1,411.