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Health Indicator Report of General Fertility Rate

The general fertility rate is a more precise measure of tracking birth rate patterns among Utah and U.S. women than is the crude birth rate. While the crude birth rate and the general fertility rate both look at the total number of live births among the population, the crude birth rate is calculated using the total population including the young, old, male, and female. The general fertility rate is calculated using only females of reproductive age - defined as ages 15 through 44 years - residing in Utah during a specified time period. This results in a more sensitive indicator with which to study population growth and change.

General Fertility Rates by Utah Small Area, 2013


General Fertility Rates by Utah Small Area, 2013

Notes

A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL: http://ibis.health.utah.gov/query/Help.html.

Data Sources

  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population estimates produced by staff in the UDOH Center for Health Data and Informatics. Linear interpolation of U.S. Census Bureau and ESRI ZIP Code data provided annual population estimates for ZIP Code areas by sex and age groups, IBIS Version 2013

Data Interpretation Issues

The age range can be slightly different, so it is important to note what age range is being used especially if comparison with other rates is contemplated.

Definition

Number of live births per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.

Numerator

Number of live births.

Denominator

Total number of women aged 15-44 years in the population.

How Are We Doing?

Utah's general fertility rate has decreased from a ten-year high of 95.6 live births per 1,000 women aged 15 through 44 years of age in 2007 to 80.8 in 2013.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Nationally, the general fertility rate in 2013 was 62.9 (preliminary data), which is the lowest rate ever reported. In 2013, Utah's general fertility rate of 80.8 was higher than the U.S. general fertility rate. Utah has had the highest general fertility rate in the U.S. during the ten-year period of 2003 through 2013.

What Is Being Done?

Addressing the overall high fertility rate is outside of the public health domain as this is a cultural indicator. However, family planning services are available in Utah from several sources: community and private providers, Title X clinics (Planned Parenthood Association of Utah), and many city and county health departments. Utah law requires parental consent for unmarried minors to obtain contraception information and services from local health departments in Utah.

Available Services

Access to family planning services are available in Utah from several sources: community health centers and private providers, Title X clinics (Planned Parenthood Association of Utah), and many city and county health departments. Utah law requires parental consent for unmarried minors to obtain contraception information and services from local health departments in Utah.
Page Content Updated On 11/12/2014, Published on 01/22/2015
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