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Visits During Pregnancy

What was measured?

What percentage of pregnant women in the HMO began prenatal care during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy?

These results are based on a sample of HMO patient billing and medical records.

Why is it important?

Regular check-ups for pregnant women are a way to uncover problems—like high blood pressure—that can threaten the health of the mother or the baby. This care should begin right at the start of pregnancy to protect the mother and baby's health. Good prenatal care also should help women eat right, exercise, take vitamins and avoid activities that could be harmful to them or the baby.

Look for differences of at least four percentage points.

Smaller differences are often not significant.

Visits During Pregnancy
Health Plan (HMO) Rating
  • 0% (worse)
  • (better) 100%
CIGNA HealthCare of California 96%
Blue Cross of California - HMO 95%
Health Net of California 94%
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 90%