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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, Utah vs. U.S., 2005-2015

Data Sources

  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2015
  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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 high of 95.6 live births per 1,000 women aged 15 through 44 years of age in 2007 to 78.0 in 2015.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The U.S. preliminary general fertility rate was 62.5 births per 1,000 women aged 15-44, down less than 1% from 2014 (62.9). In 2015, Utah's general fertility rate of 78.0 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 2005 through 2015.

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 02/13/2017, Published on 02/24/2017
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Content updated: Fri, 26 May 2017 10:19:45 MDT