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Sep 24th, 2012 Research

Ever wondered about the premature birth rate of your county? Or the primary cesarean rate?

Did you know the US government makes some of this data easily accessible for you to access? You won’t find all the information you want, but if you visit http://www.healthindicators.gov/ you can find out how your community is doing at achieving the Healthy People 2020 goals.

Start by selecting maternal and infant health as a topic, then drill down to the information you want.  If you limit the data to a state, you can view the results as a map that will give you the county level data.

Enjoy.

 

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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