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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.

Fetal Mortality Rate, Utah and U.S., 1999-2009

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Data 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.

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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.

How We Calculated the Rates

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.

Page Content Updated On 10/26/2011, Published on 08/28/2012
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:09:24 MST