Maternal and Child Health
Chariton County, Missouri

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Maternal and Child Health in Chariton County, Missouri

Improving the well-being of Chariton County's mothers, infants, and children is an important public health goal. Their well-being determines the health of Chariton County's next generation and can help predict future public health challenges for families, communities, and the health care system. This report examines the data on fertility, low birth weight births, and prenatal care in Chariton County, Missouri

Fertility in Chariton County, Missouri

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 Chariton County, benchmarked against the rate in Missouri and the United States. The next chart compares fertility rates for Chariton County residents by age. 

Low Birth Weights in Chariton County, Missouri

Low birth weight births include any babies born weighing under 2,500 grams (5.5 pounds). Low birth weight is a valuable metric for tracking general maternal health, as well as healthcare delivery, nutrition, and poverty in Chariton County. New babies with low birth weight have over twenty times greater risk of dying than babies born over 2,500 grams, and low birth weight is associated with a number of long-term health and social issues as well.

Prenatal Care in Chariton County

The chart below shows the number of births in Chariton 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. 

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.

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