About the Data
Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
Number of fetal deaths (20 or more weeks of gestation)
Number of live births plus fetal deaths (20 or more weeks gestation)
A description of the primary measurement used to determine gestational age—the interval between the first day of the last normal menstrual period (LMP) and the date of delivery—has been published by NCHS.
States are required to report fetal deaths if they occur in the 20th week of pregnancy or later, or if they weigh at least 350 grams. The number of fetal deaths may be underreported in part because of variations in state reporting requirements.
Additional resources about the objective
- MacDorman MF, Kirmeyer S. Fetal and perinatal mortality, United States, 2005. National vital statistics reports; vol 57 no 8. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2009.