Birth Defects Data


To identify newborns with birth defects, assure that these children receive appropriate medical and social services, and monitor trends.

Key Information

Birth defects diagnoses, testing and laboratory data, social service referral and consultations, and maternal and infant demographics.

Collection Period

2002 to present

Rhode Island Numbers

  • The overall prevalence rate for birth defects from 2006 to 2010 in Rhode Island is 468 per 10,000 live births, or about 1 in 21 babies born with a birth defect.
  • The total hospital cost for newborns in Rhode Island with a birth defect is $102 million in the period 2008-2011.

Prevalence Rate Nationally Reportable Birth Defects 2006 - 2010