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QuickStats: Fetal Mortality Rates,* by Race/Ethnicity of Mother --- United States, 2004

* Fetal deaths at >20 weeks gestation per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths in specified group.

Excludes data for Oklahoma, which did not report Hispanic ethnicity.

In 2004, a total of 25,655 fetal deaths at >20 weeks gestation were reported in the United States, nearly as many as infant deaths (27,860). The U.S. fetal mortality rate was 6.20 per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths. The fetal mortality rate for non-Hispanic black women (11.25) was approximately twice the rates for non-Hispanic white (4.98), American Indian/Alaska Native (5.84), Asian/Pacific Islander (4.77), and Hispanic women (5.43). Additional information is available at

SOURCE: MacDorman MF, Munson ML, Kirmeyer S. Fetal and perinatal mortality, United States, 2004. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2007;56(3). Available at

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Date last reviewed: 12/12/2007




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