Indicator Profile of Neonatal Mortality Rate

Why Is This Important?

Neonatal mortality is an important indicator of newborn and maternal health status and medical care (pre- and post-delivery).

Neonatal Mortality Rate by County of Residence, New Jersey, 2006-2010

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Data Notes

** The number of deaths is too small to calculate a reliable rate. The fetus and young child may be particularly susceptible to harmful effects of environmental contaminants. However specific health effects that may be attributable to environmental exposures are not well understood, and evidence is often contradictory. For this reason, it is useful to track indicators of overall childhood health in a population -- such as mortality -- as part of an Environmental Public Health Tracking system.

Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health;  Linked Infant Death-Birth Database, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health; 

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Rate of death occurring before 28 days of age in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year

Infant mortality is death within the first year of life. It is divided into two components: death before the 28th day of life is neonatal mortality; death between 28 days and one year is postneonatal mortality.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of resident deaths occurring under 28 days of age in a given year
Denominator: Number of live births to resident mothers in the same year

Page Content Updated On 06/27/14, Published on 06/27/14
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Content updated: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:00:44 EDT