Purpose: To register births occurring in Rhode Island and to mothers who are Rhode Island residents whenever the birth occurs.
Key Information: Demographic information about mother, (age, race, municipality of resident) and birth weight.
Collection Period: Ongoing, data collected since 1982. Preliminary data on births occurring in Rhode Island are available within one year after the end of the calendar year, including out-of-state births to RI residents. Final data are available no sooner than 2 years after the end of the calendar year.
How data are collected: Data are sent in from the Rhode Island's birthing hospitals, mother's who deliver at home and any of 57 reporting jurisdictions within the country where a Rhode Island.