Indicator Report - Fetal and Perinatal Mortality
Why Is This Important?There is an increasing awareness of the magnitude and impact of fetal mortality as a public health problem. There are nearly as many fetal deaths as infant deaths in the U.S. and Utah 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.
Data NotesFetal deaths are defined as 20 weeks or greater gestation.
Data SourcesUtah Death 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.
DefinitionFetal 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.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 10/26/2011, Published on 08/28/2012