All children need a healthy start in life. A child's health at birth can impact educational outcomes, and compromised health can have far-reaching effects into adulthood. Kentucky can offer all children a strong start by ensuring every mother have access to appropriate and frequent health care both before conception and during pregnancy.
Kentucky babies, regardless of their parents' circumstances, need appropriate care in utero to set the foundation for a healthy and productive life. The Commonwealth as a whole benefits from improved health across communities. Kentucky's economic viability also depends on healthy children, starting at birth, because they represent our future workforce.
The brief includes data on access to prenatal care, low-weight births and preterm births, as well as solutions to improve access to care and birth outcomes. For the purposes of this report, comparisons will be made between Kentucky births to U.S.-born mothers and Kentucky births to mothers born outside the U.S. across six geographic regions of the Commonwealth and by race and Hispanic ethnicity.1