Fetal deaths in Alabama, 1974-1983: A birth weight-specific analysis

Academic Article


  • Birth weight-specific fetal death rates were evaluated for Alabama for the years 1974-1983. The fetal death rate for the total low birth weight group improved less than 20% during the decade, whereas the fetal death rate for the 2500-3999-g birth weight group improved 40%, and the fetal death rate for the group of 4000 g or more improved 71%. By 1983,76% of all stillbirths weighed less than 2500 g, compared with 66% in 1974. In contrast, in both years, only about 7% of live births weighed less than 2500 g. This study suggests that increased reporting of stillbirths of less than 500 g has contributed to the recent apparent lack of improvement in stillbirth rates in Alabama. © 1987 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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    Author List

  • Goldenberg RL; Foster JM; Cutter GR; Nelson KG
  • Start Page

  • 831
  • End Page

  • 835
  • Volume

  • 70
  • Issue

  • 6