In this chapter

  • Births
  • Teen Births
  • Preterm and Low Birthweight Births
  • Multiple Births and Fertility Treatments
  • Infant and Fetal Mortality
  • Prenatal Care
  • Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
  • Method of Delivery
  • Breastfeeding
  • Women Infants and Children Nutrition Program
  • Newborn Hearing and Blood Screening
  • Birth Defects
  • Early Intervention
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Policy Perspective: Reproductive and Infant Health by Milton Kotelchuck, PhD, MPH, Chair Emeritus and Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health

For more data or information on topics in Chapter 5:

  • Birth Defects - Surveillance Reports
    The Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention has been collecting data on birth defects in the eastern part of the state since October 1997 and throughout the state since September 1998. The primary focus of the Massachusetts surveillance system is identifying major structural birth defects. Selected genetic and chromosal abnormalities are also included. Inborn errors of metabolism are not included but are monitored by the state newborn screening program. The birth defects surveillance reports are distributed to the public and are available online.

  • Early Intervention in Massachusetts is a statewide, integrated, developmental service available to families of children between birth and three years of age. Children may be eligible for EI if they have developmental difficulties due to identified disabilities, or if typical development is at risk due to certain birth or environmental circumstances. Early Intervention monitors its effectiveness through 14 indicators and these data are reported annually State Performance Plan.
  • Newborn Hearing - Statistics and Reports
    All newborns get screened for hearing at birth. The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program helps families access services if their newborn missed or did not pass a hearing screen.

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This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.