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Vital Statistics Stillbirth Data

Vital Statistics Stillbirth Data

The Office of the Registrar General (ORG) obtains information about all stillbirths in Ontario, as per the Vital Statistics Act (1990). A stillbirth is defined as a product of conception weighing 500 grams or more or of 20 or more weeks gestation which, after being completely delivered, shows no sign of life. A stillbirth is based on the Notice of Stillbirth completed by the birth attendant, the Statement of Stillbirth completed by parents, and the Medical Certificate of Stillbirth completed by the birth attendant.

Source:

Ontario Office of Registrar General (ORG), Service Ontario distributed by Ontario Ministry of HealthIntelliHealth Ontario

Data Notes:

  • Data are analyzed by the residence of the mother, not where the stillbirth occurred.
  • Therapeutic abortions that meet either criterion are also classified as stillbirths in Ontario.

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