Birth and Fetal Death Registration Information for Hospital Staff
In Minnesota, the State Registrar maintains the statewide vital records program and the Minnesota Registration & Certification System (MR&C). MR&C is used to electronically register births, fetal death reports and deaths that occur in the state and issue certified copies of birth and death certificates to eligible requesters.
Minnesota Birth Facility Report Cards
The Office of Vital Records developed the interactive Birth Quality Reports to provide performance feedback to birth facilities and staff who register births. The one-page reports summarize the timeliness and completeness of selected birth registration items reported by a facility. Aggregate data for all birthing facilities in Minnesota is presented for comparison. Facility births registered with missing data are compared to all births in the state and to the National Center Health Statistics quality threshold.
Birth Registrar Training
Birth Certificate eLearning
The Office of Vital Records (OVR) expects new birth registrars to complete the one-hour birth certificate eLearning module within six months of becoming an MR&C user. This course is available online at any time.
The birth certificate eLearning module, Applying Best Practices for Reporting Medical and Health Information on Birth Certificates, is designed to educate clinical and non-clinical providers of medical/health information for the birth certificate or the report of fetal death. The course was developed by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at CDC, in collaboration with the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS), and several individual jurisdictions, one of which was Minnesota.
The module offers information about the importance of, and best practices for, reporting birth certificate and fetal death information. It informs data providers about the important role they play in improving maternal and infant health data and identifies resources available to assist them in their role. Through interactive training, the course assesses their knowledge on the topic of proper birth and fetal death registration, and, for those who successfully complete the course, continuing education credits (CMEs, CNEs, CEUs, CPHs) and certificates are available!
The Office of Vital Records offers Birth Registration 101 once each quarter. Visit the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Learning Center to see class offerings. For step-by-step registration instructions, including how to create a learning center account, visit Registering for an MDH Learning Center Event.