Mothers beginning prenatal care in the first trimester, by race/ethnicity, 1980-2003* (line graph): 2003: total, 84.1%; non-Hispanic White, 89.0%; Asian/Pacific Islander, 85.4%; Hispanic,** 77.4%; non-Hispanic Black, 76.0%; American Indian/Alaska Native, 70.9%. The rate for every racial/ethnic group has risen substantially since 1980. Many groups experienced a dramatic increase in the period from 1990 to 1995.

Source: Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Sutton PD. Births: preliminary data for 2003. National Vital Statistics Reports 2004;5(39).

*Data are preliminary.

**May be of any race.