Current through Register Vol. 46, No. 3, March 25, 2022
A. A report of each
fetal death of 350 grams or more, or if weight is unknown, of 20 completed
weeks gestation or more, based on clinical estimate of gestation at delivery,
which occurs in this State shall be submitted within five calendar days after
delivery to the Bureau of Vital Statistics or as otherwise directed by the
State Registrar and shall be registered if it has been completed and submitted
in accordance with this Section. All induced terminations of pregnancy shall be
reported in the manner prescribed in Section 1000 and shall not be reported as
B. When a fetus is
delivered in an institution or en route thereto, the person in charge of the
institution or his or her designated representative shall obtain all data
required by the State Registrar to prepare and submit the report. In obtaining
the information required by the fetal death report, all institutions shall use
information gathering procedures including worksheets provided or approved by
the State Registrar. Institutions may establish procedures to transfer,
electronically or otherwise, information required by the fetal death report
from other systems. Such procedures shall be reviewed and approved by the State
Registrar prior to implementation to ensure that the information being
transferred is the same as that being requested on the fetal death report.
C. When a fetus is delivered
outside an institution, the physician in attendance at or immediately after
delivery shall prepare and submit the report.
D. When a fetal death required to be reported
by this Section occurs without medical attendance at or immediately after the
delivery or when inquiry is required by state law, the coroner shall
investigate the cause of fetal death and shall prepare and submit the report
within five calendar days.
the cause of fetal death is unknown or pending investigation, the cause of
fetal death shall be noted as such on the report.
F. When a fetal death occurs in a moving
conveyance and the fetus is first removed from the conveyance in this State or
when a fetus is found in this State and the place of fetal death is unknown,
the fetal death shall be reported in this State. The place where the fetus was
first removed from the conveyance or the fetus was found shall be considered
the place of fetal death.
Reports of fetal death are statistical reports to be used only for public
health purposes. Such reports shall be disposed of when all statistical
processing of the reports has been accomplished. However, the State Registrar
may establish a data file of such reports so they will be available for future
research and such file may be retained for as long as the State Registrar deems