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NH Environmental Public Health Tracking Program
Reproductive Outcomes
 

Tracking trends in reproductive outcomes such as premature birth Acrobat Symbol icon, low birthweight Acrobat Symbol icon, growth retardation Acrobat Symbol icon, and shifts in sex ratio Acrobat Symbol icon at birth is an important step towards improving birth outcomes.

Adverse Birth Outcomes

The EPHT Program tracks adverse birth outcomes because they have been associated with exposures to outdoor air pollution and drinking water contamination.

Reproductive and Birth Outcomes and the Environment

Why are we concerned about environmental exposures like pollution and reproductive outcomes?

The fetus develops many organ systems during pregnancy; there are critical windows of development where environmental exposures could damage growth and function.

Examples: Known risk factors Acrobat Symbol icon: Smoking during pregnancy and Intrauterine Growth Retardation Acrobat Symbol icon IUGR.

Comparison of effects:

Possible risk factors: Pesticide exposure during pregnancy and childhood neurodevelopment outcomes (ASD)

Adverse Birth Outcome Data

The NH EPHT Program is tracking 2 vital statistic indicators and provides the following reproductive and birth outcomes data:

Birth records are derived from the collection of vital statistics on birth and deaths. Data for Birth Outcomes in New Hampshire are available on the NH Health WISDOM.

Definitions of birth conditions Acrobat Symbol icon

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Environmental Public Health Tracking Program
NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services
29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301
Tel: (603) 271-4988 800-852-3345 ext.4988

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