Revised U.S. Certificate of Birth—New Opportunities for Research on Birth Outcome

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  • Selma M. Taffel B.B.A.,

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    1. Selma M. Taffel and Stephanie J. Ventura are statisticians in the Natality, Marriage and Divorce Statistics Branch. George A. Gay is chief of the Registration Methods Branch of the Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, Hyattsville, Maryland.
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  • Stephanie J. Ventura A.M.,

    1. Selma M. Taffel and Stephanie J. Ventura are statisticians in the Natality, Marriage and Divorce Statistics Branch. George A. Gay is chief of the Registration Methods Branch of the Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, Hyattsville, Maryland.
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  • George A. Gay M.S.P.H.

    1. Selma M. Taffel and Stephanie J. Ventura are statisticians in the Natality, Marriage and Divorce Statistics Branch. George A. Gay is chief of the Registration Methods Branch of the Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, Hyattsville, Maryland.
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Address correspondence to Selma M. Taffel, National Center for Health Statistics, Room 1–44, 3700 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782.

Abstract

Abstract: The 1989 revision of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth includes a number of new items on medical and life-style risk factors of pregnancy and birth, obstetric procedures performed, method of delivery, abnormal conditions and congenital anomalies of the infant, expanded information on birth attendant and place of birth, and questions on the Hispanic origin of the parents. This major enhancement of medical and health data available on mothers and infants can greatly expand the scope of research on pregnancy outcome in the United States.

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