Birth and Fetal Death Registration Information for Hospital Staff
This web page provides information to hospital staff about the birth and fetal death registration process in Minnesota.
It is the responsibility of the State Registrar to maintain a statewide system of vital statistics, including the electronic registration of all births and deaths that occur in Minnesota according to Minnesota Statutes, sections 144.211-144.227, and Minnesota Rules, chapter 4601.
BABE Project aims to examine self-reported birth data and inform future quality improvements
The vision of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is “health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy.” Engaging communities in the department’s work is also a priority. The Office of Vital Records (OVR) launched the BABE Project – Beginnings and Beyond Engagement – to support the advancement of health equity and involve our birth registration partners while also investigating the increasing use of “Unknown” as a response to certain demographic data items.
BABE focuses on four data items that are self-reported by mothers as part of the birth registration process:
- Mother’s Education Level
- Mother’s Race
- Mother’s Ethnicity
- Mother’s Cigarette Use (before and during pregnancy)
OVR will examine data collection, registration processes, barriers, and the effectiveness of tools. OVR will also explore factors that may influence data completeness and quality including formal mission, vision and value statements that are communicated within the health care organizations that register births. Finally, OVR will engage public health communities that rely on birth record data to accomplish their work in order to better understand the importance of the data, its accuracy, and its completeness.
The BABE Project is underway and is expected to be complete at the end of 2016. OVR will use information gathered in the BABE Project to make recommendations for future quality improvement activities and inform future OVR training and outreach priorities.