Health Statistics & Data Management (HSDM):
- Receives access to birth data via the Bureau of Data and Systems Management in DHHS from the Division of Vital Records Administration under NH state law;
- Analyzes information from reported birth records for NH DHHS programs and for external community customers;
- Works collaboratively and in partnership with the NH Birth Conditions Program to provide surveillance data on birth conditions;
- Distributes statistical reports to government agencies and other requesting public and private organizations; and
- Prepares reports that contain tabulations of birth data.
- Is used to plan, administer and evaluate community and public health programs; and
- Is typically considered complete and available for analysis approximately 12 months after the close of a calendar year.
The Division of Vital Records Administration in the Office of the Secretary of State collects:
- NH Birth information from hospital and midwife reporters;
- NH resident out-of-state births through an interstate exchange agreement; and
- Birth certificate data information, which includes:
- Newborn's sex, weight, period of gestation, date of birth and congenital anomalies;
- Mother's and father's residence, age, race and ancestry; and
- Many characteristics of the pregnancy and birth including maternal smoking and alcohol use, method of delivery, use of prenatal care and complications of the pregnancy.