Maternal and Infant Health

Birth Spacing in Arkansas

June 6, 2024


Jennifer Wessel, JD, MPH
Senior Policy Analyst and Data Privacy Officer


ACHI Communications

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Addressing Arkansas’s maternal health crisis requires having information about the risks Arkansas mothers are experiencing on each step of the birthing journey. This infographic focuses on the first step of that journey — pre-pregnancy preparation — by assessing birth-spacing patterns among Arkansas mothers.

ACHI analyzed birth records to assess birth spacing patterns among mothers who conceived more than one pregnancy.

Our birth-spacing analysis found:

  • Among mothers who had a first birth between 2016 and 2018 and second birth resulting in a live birth within 36 months, 49% of those 35 and older, 38% of 30-to-34-year-olds, 38% of 25-to-29-year-olds, 48% of 20-to-24-year-olds, and 53% of those 19 or younger conceived the second pregnancy within 18 months of their first pregnancy. The recommended spacing between giving birth and conceiving another pregnancy is at least 18 months.
  • Among all of those mothers, 45% conceived a second pregnancy within 18 months of their first pregnancy.

The data source for this analysis was Arkansas Department of Health birth records for in-state births.

See also our previous analysis of teen births and teen birth spacing in Arkansas.

Find more information about maternal and infant heath in Arkansas on our topic page.


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