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Reproductive and Birth Outcomes

Stethoscope on a pregnant women's stomach

There were more than 73,000 births to Massachusetts mothers in 2010. Most pregnancies result in a healthy baby. A healthy baby comes from a combination of factors, including a mother's healthy diet, good prenatal care, and a safe environment where you live and work. Researchers, The March of Dimes, and other organizations have identified a number of environmental factors that can make getting pregnant more difficult or directly cause health problems in a baby and even fetal or infant death. Examples are exposure to lead from paint chips and paint dust in homes built before 1978; drinking water contaminants, such as disinfection byproducts; carbon monoxide; and air pollution, such as PM2.5.

Data on births are based on information from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. Medical data, such as birth weight and gestational age, are based on information supplied by hospitals and birthing facilities. Demographic and behavioral data, such as race and ethnicity and smoking during pregnancy, are supplied by the women who gave birth.

Did You Know?
Your health care professional can help you identify environmental exposures that you may be exposed to and learn how to minimize exposure.

The tracking of different types of reproductive outcomes by community and other geographic areas can help identify where reproductive health problems may exist and where health service needs may be greater. It also can give clues to possible causes of adverse reproductive outcomes.

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