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Maternal & Infant Health Research Registries

During the pandemic, tracking health outcomes is essential to improving care, developing policies and understanding the impact of this pandemic on maternal and infant health. Learn more about global research and registries that are tracking the data to ensure the health of mothers and babies.

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COVID-19 Resources & Literature

A resource compiling up-to-date published literature on COVID-19 relating to mothers and babies. We have gathered scientifically sound research to help guide further studies or keep you up to date with the maternal child health population and COVID-19.

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Welcome to PeriStats, your online source for perinatal statistics developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center. PeriStats provides free access to maternal and infant health-related data at the US, state, county, and city level, and was developed to ensure that health professionals, researchers, medical librarians, policy-makers, students, and the media have easy access to this information. Data are updated throughout the year, and useful for multiple tasks, including fact-finding, health assessments, grant writing, policy development, lectures and presentations.

Aggregating data from 12 government agencies and organizations, PeriStats provides access to the most current maternal and infant health statistics on topics such as preterm birth, infant mortality, tobacco use, Cesarean birth rates, and health insurance coverage. Detailed information by race, ethnicity, and maternal age for many indicators is also available. To communicate this information, PeriStats produces printer-ready graphs, maps, and tables that also can be copied and pasted into reports and presentations. The site also provides functionality enabling you to make comparisons between states, counties, and cities and to the United States. Over 60,000 graphs, maps and tables are available on PeriStats, and data are always referenced to the relevant source and Healthy People 2020 objective.

PeriStats Data Sources

The March of Dimes is grateful for the government agencies and organizations that supply data to PeriStats. Without their dedication and cooperation, it would be impossible to organize the volumes of data they produce. In addition to March of Dimes survey data, the PeriStats system uses data compiled from the following government agencies and organizations:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
    • National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    • National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN)

To learn more about the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, click here. If you have questions about the PeriStats Web site, click on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) or the Calculations section of the Web site, or contact the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center at [email protected]. "PeriStats" is a registered trademark of the March of Dimes.