This report is the thirteenth in a series of reports on maternal health and birth outcomes issued by Connecticut Voices for Children as part of state-funded HUSKY Program performance monitoring.
Connecticut births in 2012 are described and compared with trends since 2000.
This report finds:
- The HUSKY Program covers two out of every five births in Connecticut.
- Mothers in the HUSKY Program and Medicaid are younger than other Connecticut mothers.
- Mothers in the HUSKY Program and Medicaid are less likely than other Connecticut mothers to get early prenatal care.
- Babies born to mothers in the HUSKY Program and Medicaid are more likely to be preterm and low birthweight.
- Even though the rate has declined dramatically over the years, mothers in the HUSKY Program and Medicaid are far more likely to smoke during pregnancy.
- After years of increase, the rate of caesarean deliveries began to level out for mothers with HUSKY coverage and for other mothers.