The linked birth/infant death dataset includes births by year with mortality information provided for infant deaths that occurred within one year of birth. The information is obtained from birth and death certificates received by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. This data is part of the Department of Public Health's Population Health Information Tool (PHIT).
Massachusetts Linked Birth/Infant Deaths Data
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What you need to know
Birth data are collected from individual birth certificates occurring in Massachusetts or for Massachusetts residents who were born in other U.S. states. Death data are collected from individual death certificates occurring in Massachusetts or for Massachusetts residents who died in other U.S. states. Data presented here are for infants whose mothers were Massachusetts residents at the time of birth.
Demographic information about infants is most often provided at the time of birth by parents while medical information is gathered from hospitals.
Demographic information about decedents is most often provided by family members, while cause of death information is provided by medical certifiers. This includes physicians, medical examiners, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Explore these data
Birth certificate data can help monitor trends among infants being born, including birth weight, maternal risk factors, method of delivery, and adequacy of prenatal care, among other birth characteristics. Linked death certificate data provides insight into the causes of infant deaths. This dataset provides statewide data to be used for medical research and public health programs. Examining birth characteristics and maternal risk factors by race can help to uncover racial disparities in infant health.