By Margaret (Peggy) Honein, PhD, MPH
Chief, Birth Defects Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
PeriStats is an online data resource developed by the March of Dimes that provides health data on mothers and infants through searchable topic areas.
Recently, PeriStats added data on the topic area of birth defects, including craniofacial anomalies. PeriStats birth defects data are currently available from 37 states, span from 2007-2011 and are searchable by state. In early 2016, the available data will be expanded to 40 states and will span from 2008-2012. Below is an example of Georgia’s data for cleft lip and filtered by race/ethnicity available from the PeriStats website (downloaded November 2015):
PeriStats state-level birth defects data are provided by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NBDPN, in collaboration with CDC, collects and reports data on major birth defects from state birth defects surveillance systems.
For more information on NBDPN data, visit the NBDPN website.