The data in this report are based on the Iowa "Barriers to Prenatal Care" project.
The purpose of this project is to obtain brief, accurate information about women delivering babies in Iowa hospitals. Specifically, the project seeks to learn if women had problems getting prenatal or delivery care during their pregnancy. Other information is included which may be pertinent to health planners or those concerned with the systematic development of health care services.
The project is a cooperative venture of all of Iowa's maternity hospitals, the Statewide Perinatal Care Program, the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research, and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Current funding is provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The co-directors of the project are Dr. Mary Losch of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research, and Dr. Herman Hein of the Statewide Perinatal Care Program.
Data includes responses to a questionnaire that is distributed to all maternity hospitals in the state of Iowa. All birth mothers are approached prior to discharge and requested to complete the questionnaire. Completed questionnaires are returned to the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research for data entry and analysis.
This report sites rates per county for key variables. Unless otherwise noted, all entries reflect percentages. Please note that since percentages were rounded, total values may not equal 100%.
Questions concerning this project may be addressed to:
Stephanie Trusty, BSN
Iowa Department of Public Health
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075