About the National Data
Baseline: 5.9 fetal deaths at 20 or more weeks of gestation per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths occurred in 2017
Target: 5.7 per 1,000
A description of the primary measurement used to determine gestational age —obstetric estimate of gestation at delivery (OE)— has been published by NCHS. The OE replaced the measure based on the date of the last normal menses (LMP). This transition was made because of the increasing evidence of the greater validity of the OE compared with the LMP-based measure.
The majority of states require reporting fetal deaths of 20 weeks of gestation or more, or 350 grams delivery weight (roughly equivalent to 20 weeks), or some combination of the two. The number of fetal deaths may be underreported in part because of variations in state reporting requirements.
Additional resources about the objective
1. Because Healthy People 2030 objectives have a desired direction (e.g., increase or decrease), the confidence level of a one-sided prediction interval can be used as an indication of how likely a target will be to achieve based on the historical data and fitted trend.