PeriStats compiles maternal and infant health data from multiple sources. These data are often referred to as perinatal data. The term "perinatal" can be used in a generic or a very specific way. It means around (peri-) the time of birth (-natal), so it can be used to refer to the entire or parts of the period around conception and through the first year of life.
In an average week in Boston:
| ||151 babies are born.|
| ||15 babies are born preterm.|
| ||13 babies are born low birthweight.|
| ||In Boston in 2013, 95.8% of all live births were singleton births and 4.2% were multiple births.|
| ||Every 4 1/2 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States.|
| ||During 2011-2013 (average), birth defects accounted for about 1 in 6 infant deaths in Boston.|
| ||In Boston in 2013, 27.6% of live births were cesarean deliveries and 72.4% were vaginal deliveries.|
| ||In 2013, about 1 in 26 infants (3.9% of live births) was born to a woman receiving late or no prenatal care in Boston.|
| ||In 2005, the annual societal economic cost (medical, educational, and lost productivity) associated with preterm birth in the United States was at least $26.2 billion.|
| ||In the United States, screening for the 31 core newborn screening conditions is not universally required by rule or law and fully implemented in any state.|
National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
National Center for Health Statistics, period linked birth/infant death data.
Annual number of birth defects based on estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center.
Institute of Medicine. 2007. Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. Published and unpublished analyses.
Retrieved April 30, 2016, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.