Chapter five of the “Health of Massachusetts” looks at the health and well-being of the mothers, infants, and children of the Commonwealth. Specifically, we present information on the changing demographics of those being born in Massachusetts, statewide maternal and infant health characteristics, and the use of services such as prenatal care, fertility treatments, and the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition program.
All of the data on birth, fetal deaths, and infant deaths in Massachusetts is collected by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. This information, along with data from statewide maternal and child health programs and surveillance systems, is essential for surveillance, research, and creating public health programs, policies, and interventions.
We can see from this data that health outcomes for women, infants, and children in Massachusetts compares quite favorably with those of the rest of the country. Massachusetts has infant mortality and teen birth rates that are among the lowest in the country. However, certain health issues have not seen improvement and substantial differences still exist in many areas.
Learn more on our website at: www.mass.gov/dph/healthofmassachusetts.
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