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Natality Detail File, 2012 [United States] (ICPSR 36469)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center For Health Statistics

Summary:

The Natality Detail File, 2012 [United States] provides information on live births in the United States during the calendar year 2012. The natality data in these files are a component of the vital statistics collection effort maintained by the federal government. Birth data is limited to births occurring in the United States to United States residents and nonresidents. Births occurring to United States citizens outside of the United States are not included in this data collection.

Dataset 1 contains data on births occurring within the United States, while Dataset 2 contains data on births occurring in the United States territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Variables describe the place of delivery, who was in attendance, and medical and health data such as the method of delivery, prenatal care, tobacco and alcohol use during pregnancy, pregnancy history, medical risk factors, and infant health characteristics.

Birth and fertility rates and other statistics related to this study can be found in an Appendix to the User Guide, under Detailed Technical Notes.

Demographic variables include the child's sex and month and year of birth and the parents' ages, races, ethnicities, education levels, as well as the mother's marital status and residency status.

Series: Natality Detail File Series

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Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  United States National File - Download All Files (12159.708 MB) large file
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DS2:  United States Territories File - Download All Files (153.932 MB) large file
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Study Description

Citation

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center For Health Statistics. Natality Detail File, 2012 [United States]. ICPSR36469-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-09-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36469.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36469.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcohol consumption, birth, birth rates, birth records, fertility, fertility rates, live births, medical history, pregnancy, prenatal care, tobacco use, vital statistics

Smallest Geographic Unit:    County

Geographic Coverage:    American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, United States, Virgin Islands of the United States

Time Period:   

  • 2012

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Live births in the United States and its territories during the calendar year 2012.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

This data file includes data based on both the 1989 Revision of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth (unrevised) and the 2003 revision of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth (revised). However, in general only data comparable between 1989 and 2003 revisions and data exclusive to the 2003 revision are included.

The territories file, which includes data on births occurring in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, includes limited geographic detail. Information identifying individual territories and counties with populations of 100,000 or more by place of occurrence and residence are available in this file.

Beginning with the 2005 data year, the micro-data natality file no longer includes geographic detail (e.g., state or county of birth). Information on the NCHS data release policy is available through the National Center for Health Statistics Web site.

Beginning with the 2007 data year, data items such as maternal anemia, ultrasound, and alcohol use are no longer available in public use files.

Beginning with the 2011 data year, unrevised data for educational attainment, prenatal care, and type of vaginal and cesarean delivery are no longer included in the data file. Data for these items from the 1989 revision are not comparable with the data from the 2003 revision.

For additional information on the Natality Detail File Series, please visit the National Center for Health Statistics National Center for Health Statistics Web site.

Methodology

Study Purpose:    This report presents detailed data on numbers and characteristics of births in 2012, birth and fertility rates, maternal demographic and health characteristics, place and attendant at birth, and infant health characteristics within the United States.

Sample:    One-hundred percent of birth certificates in calendar year 2012.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted and no weight variables are present in the dataset.

Mode of Data Collection:    record abstracts

Data Source:

Official certificates of live births of all births registered in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and New York City.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics receives these data as electronic files, prepared from individual records processed by each registration area, through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program.

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:   2016-09-16

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