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Percentage of births within 24 months of previous pregnancy

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics at (518) 474-3189
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The percentage of total births to women who had had a previous pregnancy within 24 months of the current birth.
Percentage of births to teens aged 15-17 and 15-19 and women aged 35 years and older)

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics at (518) 474-3189
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The percentage of total births that were to females in particular age groups.
Fertility Rate (Birth/pop 15-44 years per 1,000)

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics at (518) 474-3189
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The number of live births per 1,000 female population aged 15-44.
Teen fertility rates (aged 10-14, 15-17, 15-19, 18-19 years per 1,000)

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics at (518) 474-3189
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NYSDOH Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics
The number of live births to teens aged 10-14, 15-17, 15-19, 18-19 years per 1,000 females aged 10-14, 15-17, 15-19, 18-19 years, respectively.
Pregnancy rate per 1,000

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics at (518) 474-3189
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NYSDOH Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics
Pregnancies are the sum of the number of live births, induced terminations of pregnancies, and all fetal deaths. Pregnancy rates are the number of pregnancies in a particular age group per 1,000 females in that same age group. NOTE: pregnancy data for Essex and Hamilton counties were combined for confidentiality purposes.
Teen pregnancy rates (aged 10-14, 15-17, 15-19 and 18-19 years) per 1,000

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics at (518) 474-3189
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NYSDOH Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics
Pregnancies are the sum of the number of live births, induced terminations of pregnancies, and all fetal deaths. Pregnancy rates are the number of pregnancies in a particular age group per 1,000 females in that same age group. NOTE: pregnancy data for Essex and Hamilton counties were combined for confidentiality purposes.
Abortion ratio (15-19 and all ages)

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics at (518) 474-3189
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NYSDOH Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics
The abortion ratio is the number of induced abortions per 100 live births in particular age groups. NOTE: abortion data for Essex and Hamilton counties were combined for confidentiality purposes.

Data notes:

a Vital Records:
Information is collected from birth, death and fetal death certificates. Records with missing information for the indicator of interest are excluded when calculating rates and percentages for that indicator. Population based rates use population estimates provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. ICD-10 codes are used for cause of death.
In 2008, New York City Vital Records adopted the National Center for Health Statistics standard birth certificate. This certificate has been used for births occurring in New York State outside of New York City since 2004. According to the New York City Health Department publication, Summary of Vital Statistics 2008 1, the use of the new certificate has resulted in some data quality concerns. A combination of poor data quality and hospital staff adaptation to the new data entry system and worksheets affected data quality. There is a potential for variables such as prenatal care and race/ethnicity to be impacted by a larger than normal number of unknowns and miscoding. Caution should be used when comparing the 2008 data to previous years.

1 New York City Department of Health and Human Hygiene. Summary of Vital Statistics 2008, The City of New York.[Accessed November 2010]

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