Data Reporting Issues:

First/Repeat Pregnancies

Due to high percentages of unknown values in the previous live births/previous termination fields in Fetal Death data, the First Pregnancies measure is slightly underreported in years 2008 through 2013.

2008 to 2015 Pregnancy Data:

Since 2008, there has been a sharp increase in Unknown race in Birth data, which had the predominant effect of lowering the number of White births. This effect has been seen nationwide and is associated with the use of the “2003 revision” of the birth certificate (introduced in GA in mid-2007). After consultation with NCHS, we implemented their imputation rule for Unknown race on 1/10/2017.

What effect will this have? For example, statewide this correction has the effect of increasing White Pregnancy Rate by 4 (more White births in the numerator). While this is not a major effect statewide, there will be local variations that are larger.

The correction is most pronounced in 2008, but lessens in subsequent years, and for most indicators disappears in 2015.

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