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Important Facts for Fetal and Perinatal Mortality

Definition

Fetal Mortality: the intrauterine death of a fetus, at 20 weeks gestation or greater, before delivery. Perinatal Mortality: fetal deaths of 28 weeks or more plus infant deaths at less than 7 days of age.

Numerator

Fetal Mortality: number of fetal deaths at 20 weeks gestation or more. Perinatal Mortality: number of fetal deaths at 28 weeks gestation or more plus number of infant deaths at less than 7 days of age.

Denominator

Fetal Mortality: number of fetal deaths at 20 weeks gestation or more plus number of live births. Perinatal Mortality: live births plus fetal deaths in specified age groups.

Why Is This Important?

There is an increasing awareness of the magnitude and impact of fetal mortality as a public health problem. In Utah, there are more fetal deaths than infant deaths each year. Much of the public concern regarding reproductive loss has concentrated on infant mortality; however a focus on fetal mortality may provide further opportunities for prevention.

Healthy People Objective MICH-1.2:

Reduce the rate of fetal and infant deaths during perinatal period (28 weeks of gestation to 7 days after birth)
U.S. Target: 5.9 perinatal deaths per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths
State Target: 5.6 perinatal deaths per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths

Other Objectives

Related HP2020 Objectives include:[[br]] [[br]] =====Healthy People Objective MICH-1:===== Reduce the rate of fetal and infant deaths[[br]] * {{style color:#003366 MICH-1.1:}} Reduce the rate of fetal deaths at 20 or more weeks of gestation [[br]]'''U.S. Target:''' 5.6 fetal deaths per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths * {{style color:#003366 MICH-1.3:}} Reduce the rate of all infant deaths (within 1 year) [[br]]'''U.S. Target:''' 6.0 infant deaths per 1,000 live births[[br]] [[br]] =====Healthy People Objective MICH-16:===== Increase the proportion of women delivering a live birth who received preconception care services and practiced key recommended preconception health behaviors
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Content updated: Fri, 26 May 2017 10:19:45 MDT