Indicator Profile of Perinatal Mortality Rate
Why Is This Important?The perinatal death rate is a critical measure of a population's health. Fetal and neonatal mortality, the components of perinatal mortality, are important indicators of fetal, infant, and maternal health status and medical care (pre- and post-delivery).
Perinatal Mortality Rate by County of Residence, New Jersey, 2004-2008
Data NotesThe 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 SourcesBirth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registration, New Jersey Department of Health; Fetal Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registration, New Jersey Department of Health; Linked Infant Death-Birth Database, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health;
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DefinitionRate of fetal deaths at 28 or more weeks of gestation plus infant deaths less than 7 days of age in a given year, per 1,000 live births plus fetal deaths of 28 or more weeks gestation in the same year. [NCHS Definition I]
Fetal death, which is also referred to as stillbirth or miscarriage, is defined as death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction of the fetus from its mother, where the fetus shows no signs of life. Additionally, only spontaneous fetal deaths, not induced or intentional terminations of pregnancy, are included in this definition.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 09/27/12, Published on 09/27/12