Fetal Death Data

Important Note:vital records law and rules are in effect that changed the requirements for requesting vital records data.

For increased security of personal and sensitive information, a data sharing agreement (DSA) is required for all vital records data, including death data. There are fees for data files, analysis, and data requests. Each application will be reviewed and vetted for compliance to laws and regulations. Sample Data Sharing Agreement.

Government agencies and Tribal governments may receive birth and fetal death record data with direct identifiers for non-research public health work by signing a DSA.

For more information, visit the Data Request FAQ page.

A fetal death is a death of a fetus with gestation of twenty or more weeks, but not live born. The Department of Health collects information about each fetal death that occurs in Washington State. Fetal deaths are sometimes referred to as stillbirths or miscarriages. Information on fetal deaths is required to be reported to the state when the gestational period is twenty or more weeks.

How to purchase files

These are record level data files. Working with these data files requires use of spreadsheet, database management, or statistical software that are not provided. A Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) is required to access all vital records data, now including death data. Sample Data Sharing Agreement

A DSA documents the conditions under which the Department of Health shares limited datasets containing potentially identifiable information with outside entities. By signing the DSA, the recipient(s) of the data agrees to not link information with any other information that could identify an individual or use the information to contact any individuals. Data may not be disclosed unless agreed upon in the DSA.

Data Files available for purchase

Fetal Death Statistical File (1992 to 2020)

Information about fetal deaths (≥ 20 weeks gestation); including cause of death, mother's age, and fetal weight. Only annual files available.

Fetal Death Data Dictionary 1992-2018 (Word)

Fetal Death Statistical File - Data Dictionary and Crosswalk (Excel)

Data Tables

Fetal death data tables have been discontinued since 2016 and will be replaced by interactive dashboards. Some tables have been removed due to the need to suppress small numbers per DOH guidelines.  All remaining tables will be retired on or about July 1, 2022.

Fetal Death Tables by Topic  - Includes information on fetal death categorized by cause of death, mother's age, and fetal weight and sex.

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Our office has these topics: CHARS Data Users, Vital Statistics Data, and BRFSS Data Users.

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