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About Fetal Death Data

The purpose of the Fetal Death module is to generate interactive statistics of fetal death data. The intended audience is researchers, public health officials, students, and the general public. Fetal death data comes from fetal death records that are sent from the facilities where the death occurs. This module contains only data from the fetal death report.

Users can select the year, maternal race, gestational age and weight of the fetus at delivery. These same variables can be individually selected from the drop down lists provided. As is the other modules users can select the regions and the output preferences desired. Zip codes are not available for fetal deaths due to the small numbers and confidentiality of the data. Users can generate on-the-fly tables of the frequencies, rates 3-year rates, and percentages along with trendlines and bar charts of the selected data. When rates have been selected 95% Confidence intervals can also be generated in the tables. Fetal death rates are per 1000 annual live births plus fetal deaths.

The interpretation of tables and maps is the users responsibility. Many supporting pages are provided with definitions, examples of rate calculations, Division of Biostatistics and Health GIS contact information, and frequently asked questions to assist the user in interpreting this data. Rates with small numbers are unreliable and should be used cautiously.

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