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Health Indicator Report of Fetal and Perinatal Mortality

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.

Fetal Mortality Rate, Utah and U.S., 1999-2012

Notes

Fetal deaths are defined as 20 weeks or greater gestation.

Data Sources

  • Utah 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

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.

Healthy People Objective MICH-1.2:

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

Infant mortality, Preconception care

Available Services

The Division Family Health and Preparedness encourages health care providers to teach fetal movement counting to expectant mothers. Pamphlets are available from the Maternal and Infant Health Program website (www.health.utah.gov/mihp). They also encourage reproductive age women to be at their optimal health prior to pregnancy through the Power Your Life Campaign. Learn more at www.poweryourlife.org.
Page Content Updated On 12/12/2014, Published on 07/24/2015
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