Maternal and Child HealthAllegan County, Michigan
Improving the well-being of mothers, infants, and children is an important public health goal for the United States. Their well-being determines the health of the next generation and can help predict future public health challenges for families, communities, and the health care system. The objectives of the Maternal, Infant, and Child Health topic area address a wide range of conditions, health behaviors, and health systems indicators that affect the health, wellness, and quality of life of women, children, and families. [Source: Healthy People 2020.]
Fertility in Allegan County
The fertility rate is the number of births per 1,000 women ages 15-44. The chart below shows the fertility rate over time in Allegan County, benchmarked against the rate in Michigan and the United States. The next chart compares fertility rates for Allegan County residents by age.
Low Birth Weights in Allegan County
Low birth weight births include any babies born weighing under 2,500 grams (5.5 pounds). "Low birth weight is a valuable public health indicator of maternal health, nutrition, healthcare delivery, and poverty. Neonates with low birth weight have a >20 times greater risk of dying than neonates with birth weight of >2500 g." [Source: NCBI, Low birth weight: Case definition & guidelines.]
Prenatal Care in Allegan County
The chart below shows the number of births in Allegan County whose mothers received prenatal care during their first trimester. Getting early and regular prenatal care improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy. Such care can help prevent complications and inform women about important steps they can take to protect their infant and ensure a healthy pregnancy. [Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.]
About the Data
• Fertility and prenatal care data is from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wonder: Natality database.
• Low birthweight data was calculated by LiveStories based on CDC Wonder data.
Data may not be available for counties with small populations.
In these data, no distinction is made for pregnant people that do not identify as women.