Reproduction and Birth
The Iowa Department of Public Health Vital Records program records around 40,000 births in the state annually. The health and social environments in which these births occur can impact health and development across the lifespan.
While most women have a normal term pregnancy and deliver a healthy , a safe and healthy pregnancy is not experienced by all women. Genetic, behavioral, social and environmental factors can affect reproduction and birth, from pre-conception to the post-partum period. The influence and interaction of these factors is complex, and there is still much we do not know.
This section provides an overview of births in Iowa, including outcomes that can be influenced by social and environmental factors. In order to better understand the role that environmental exposures play in reproductive and infant health problems, the Tracking Network collects and displays data on reproductive and birth outcomes including fertility and infertility, , infant deaths, birth weight, and . Iowa Public Health Tracking has added additional data to provide a more complete picture of reproduction and births in Iowa.