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Fetal and perinatal mortality, United States, 2004.
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PMID:  17983023     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: This report presents 2004 fetal and perinatal mortality data by a variety of characteristics, including maternal age, marital status, race, Hispanic origin and state of residence; and by infant birthweight, gestational age, plurality and sex. Trends in fetal and perinatal mortality are also examined. METHODS: Descriptive tabulations of data are presented and interpreted. RESULTS: In 2004, there were 25,655 reported fetal deaths of 20 weeks of gestation or more in the United States. The U.S. fetal mortality rate was 6.20 fetal deaths of 20 weeks of gestation or more per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths, not significantly different from the rate of 6.23 in 2003. The fetal mortality rate for non-Hispanic black women (11.25) was 2.3 times the rate for non-Hispanic white women (4.98), whereas the rate for Hispanic women (5.43) was 9 percent higher than the rate for non-Hispanic white women. Fetal and perinatal mortality rates have declined slowly but steadily from 1990 to 2004. Fetal mortality rates for 28 weeks of gestation or more have declined substantially whereas those for 20-27 weeks of gestation have not declined. Fetal mortality rates are elevated for a number of groups, including teenagers, women aged 35 years and over, unmarried women, and multiple deliveries. In 2004, one-half of fetal deaths of 20 weeks of gestation or more occurred between 20 and 27 weeks of gestation.
Marian F MacDorman; Martha L Munson; Sharon Kirmeyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  National vital statistics reports : from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System     Volume:  56     ISSN:  1551-8922     ISO Abbreviation:  Natl Vital Stat Rep     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-06     Completed Date:  2008-01-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814753     Medline TA:  Natl Vital Stat Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-19     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centers for Disease Control and PRevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Vital Statistics, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans / statistics & numerical data
European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
Fetal Mortality / ethnology,  trends*
Health Surveys*
Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data
Infant, Newborn
Marital Status
Maternal Age
Perinatal Mortality / ethnology,  trends*
Pregnancy Complications / mortality
Stillbirth / epidemiology
United States / epidemiology
Vital Statistics

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