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Styria (Austria) Population-based I Province of Styria Late fetal death from a Crown Foot Length>=35cm. From 01.01.95 limit of >=500g introduced by law Up to 1 year
Mainz (Germany) Population-based III Mainz District (Rhineland Palatinate) Weight ***8805; 500g Recorded up to 1 week
Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) Population-based III Federal State Saxony-Anhalt Weight >=500 g introduced by law 1.4.94 (before 1.4.94 >=1000 g) Recorded up to 1 week. Available up to 1 year
Odense (Denmark) Population-based I County of Fünen Gestational age at 28 weeks or more. Up to 7 years for cases seen at paediatric department.
Antwerp (Belgium) Population-based I Province of Antwerp >180 days Recorded up to 1year.
Hainaut (Belgium) Population-based II Provinces of Hainaut (South) & Namur 28 weeks or 180 days Recorded up to 1.
Paris (France) Population-based III Greater Paris 22 weeks after LMP Recorded up to 1 week (hospital discharge)
Strasbourg (France) Population-based III Department of Bas-Rhin Before 1993: 180 days. After 1993: 22 gestational weeks 2 to 5 years
Originally posted by randolrs1
I appreciate your further analysis of this data. You're correct, international studies can often be misleading.
However, there is a significant distinction between still birth rates and infant mortality. Stillbirth is as you defined it (with the varying standards), but infant mortality is defined as the number of deaths of infant, one year or younger, per 1000 births. Using this accurate definition, the United States does in fact have one of the highest infant mortality rates in the industrialized world.
Without going into too much detail, a primary contributing factor is obesity, which is rampant in the United States.
It is good to further examine things for yourself. You will often find more truth than was initially disclosed, however, when further examining something it is also important to have accurate definitions to ensure an accurate examination. Be proud that you at least took the time to do your own research, it is a skill all should continually refine.