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Birth Data

A Live Birth is a product of conception that shows any sign of life after delivery, irrespective of the duration of pregnancy. Signs of life include breathing, heartbeat, pulsation of the umbilical cord, definite movement of voluntary muscles, or any other evidence of life, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached.

The Certificate of Live Birth is the source document for these data. All original birth certificates are routed to the Vital Records Registry in New Orleans. Birth attendants, usually physicians or licensed midwives, are responsible for recording the required information on birth certificates. Louisiana law requires that the birthing facility or attendant send the original birth record to the Vital Records Registry within fifteen days of the birth, and that the identities of persons included in the birth registry are kept confidential.

Birth certificates serve as legal records of birth and identification. They also provide surveillance data used to monitor fertility trends, population composition and growth, and patterns in prenatal and postnatal conditions that affect the immediate and future health of newborns and mothers. Information monitored through birth surveillance includes adequacy of prenatal care, obstetric procedures, complications during delivery, method of delivery, and infant birthweight. Examination of surveillance data helps identify mothers and infants at high risk of poor outcomes and enables effective targeting of research, educational efforts, and services to reduce this risk.

Current 5-Year Birth Trends

This section illustrates the five year trends of Births in Louisiana with charts and tables.

5-Year Birth Charts, 2006-2010

Births Occurring in Louisiana, 2006-2010

Year

Number

2006

63,472

2007

66,345

2008

65,063

2009

65,109

2010

62,555

Births Occurring to Louisiana Residents, 2006-2010

Year

Number

2006

63,186

2007

66,063

2008

65,076

2009

64,843

2010

61,868

 

5-Year Birth Tables, By Parish, 2006-2010

Birth Data Tables

2009 Birth Data Tables

2008 Birth Data Tables