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Iowa's Barriers to Prenatal Care Project

Iowa's Barriers to Prenatal Care Project - 2015 Data Summary  PDF

The findings in this summary are based on the Iowa Barriers to Prenatal Care project. Ongoing since 1991, the purpose of this project is to obtain brief, accurate information about women delivering babies in Iowa hospitals. Specifically, the project seeks to learn about women’s experiences getting prenatal or delivery care during their current pregnancy. Other information is included which may be pertinent to health planners or those concerned with the systematic development of health care services.

This project is a cooperative venture of all of Iowa’s maternity hospitals, the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research, and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the first three years of this project. The current funding is provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The Director is Dr. Mary Losch, University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research. The Coordinator for the project is Rodney Muilenburg.

The questionnaire is distributed to nearly eighty maternity hospitals across the state of Iowa. Nursing staff or those responsible for obtaining birth certificate information in the obstetrics unit are responsible for approaching all birth mothers prior to dismissal to request their participation in the study. The present yearly report includes an analysis of large Iowa cities, frequencies by income, and a trend analysis of the last ten years. Also presented in this report is a frequency analysis of all variables included in the most current questionnaire. Unless otherwise noted, all entries reflect percentages. Please note that, because percentages were rounded, total values may not equal 100%. Data presented are based upon 2014 questionnaires received to date (n = 24,696). All analyses reflect unweighted percentages of those responding.

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Questions concerning this project or additional data requests may be addressed to:

Mary Losch, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Social & Behavioral Research
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0402
Phone: (319) 273-2105
Fax: (319) 273-3104

Rodney Muilenburg, B.A.
Associate Field Supervisor, Center for Social & Behavioral Research
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0402
Phone: (319) 273-2105
Fax: (319) 273-3104

Recommended Citation:
Losch, M.E., Muilenburg, R., & Strong,S. (2015). Iowa Barriers to Prenatal Care Project. Iowa Department of Public Health, University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research: 2014 Data Summary.