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Infant Mortality - Fetal Death Records


To understand and combat fetal and infant mortality.

Key Information

Causes of death of infants aged less than a year in-state or out-of-state to Rhode Island resident mothers.

Key Information

Infant and Fetal deaths within the State of Rhode Island. For induced fetal death, information on how terminated, gestational age, age of mother and residence of mother are collected.

Collection Period

Ongoing, data collected since 1985. Preliminary data on fetal deaths occurring in Rhode Island are available within one year after the end of the calendar year. Final data are available no sooner than 2 years after the end of the calendar year

How data are collected

Data are provided by Institutions and Funeral Directors.

Rhode Island Numbers


  • Infant deaths are those that occur within the first year of life.
  • Neonatal deaths are infant deaths that occurred prior to the 28th day of life.

    Late Fetal deaths, refers to fetal deaths of 28 weeks or more uterogestation.

    Early Infant deaths occur after birth but before the seventh day of life.

    Maternal deaths to pregnant women or to women within 42 days of the end of a pregnancy related to or aggravated by the pregnancy.