“Public Health Regulations”, Chapter 8, Section 1 (still in effect today) says: Certificates of vital statistics events are to be filled in by typewriter or in ink. If ink is used only permanent ink will be acceptable. All signatures are to be made with permanent ink. In all other respects, the certificates shall comply with provisions of Section 57-14, R.L.H. 1955.”
Section 57-14 (1955) says, “The form of certificates shall include as a minimum the items required by the respective standard certificates as recommended by the United States Public Health Service, National Office of Vital Statistics, subject to approval of and modification by the board. The form and use of such certificates shall be subject to the provisions of section 57-19 and 57-21. (R.L. 1945, s. 3100.15, add. L. 1949, c. 327, s. 15.)”
At http://www.enotes.com/public-health-encyclopedia/vital-statistics , it says, “In 1946 responsibility for collecting and publishing national vital statistics was transferred from the Census Bureau to the U.S. Public Health Service, first in the National Office of Vital Statistics and later (1960) in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In 1987 NCHS became part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
So what was the US Public Health Service, National Office of Vital Statistics is now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information regarding the current standard certificates is found at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vital_certificate_revisions.htm . The 2003 Standard Birth Certificate includes these items (found at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/FinalBirthSpecs3-24-2005.pdf ) :
Item 2 TIME OF BIRTH
Item 3 SEX
Item 4 DATE OF BIRTH (infant)
Items 5-7, 17, 26 FACILITY NAME; CITY, TOWN OR LOCATION OF BIRTH; COUNTY OF BIRTH;
FACILITY ID; PLACE WHERE BIRTH OCCURRED
Item 8b DATE OF BIRTH (mother)
Item 8d BIRTHPLACE (state, territory, or foreign country)
Item 9a-g RESIDENCE OF MOTHER: STATE; COUNTY; CITY, TOWN OR LOCATION;
STREET AND NUMBER; APT. NO.; ZIP CODE; INSIDE CITY LIMITS?
Item 10b DATE OF BIRTH (father)
Item 15 MOTHER MARRIED?
Item 20 MOTHER=S EDUCATION
Item 21 MOTHER OF HISPANIC ORIGIN?
Item 22 MOTHER=S RACE
Item 23 FATHER=S EDUCATION
Item 24 FATHER OF HISPANIC ORIGIN?
Item 25 FATHER=S RACE
Item 27 ATTENDANT=S NAME, TITLE, AND NPI
Item 28 MOTHER TRANSFERRED FOR MATERNAL MEDICAL OR FETAL INDICATIONS
Item 29a-b DATES OF FIRST AND LAST PRENATAL CARE VISIT
Item 30 TOTAL NUMBER OF PRENATAL CARE VISITS FOR THIS PREGNANCY
Item 31 MOTHER=S HEIGHT
Item 32 MOTHER=S PREPREGNANCY WEIGHT
Item 33 MOTHER=S WEIGHT AT DELIVERY
Item 34 DID MOTHER GET WIC FOOD FOR HERSELF DURING THIS PREGNANCY?
Items 35a-c, 36a-b NUMBER OF PREVIOUS LIVE BIRTHS– NOW LIVING, NOW DEAD; DATE OF LAST
LIVE BIRTH; NUMBER OF OTHER PREGNANCY OUTCOMES; DATE OF LAST
OTHER PREGNANCY OUTCOME
Item 37 CIGARETTE SMOKING BEFORE AND DURING PREGNANCY
Item 38 PRINCIPAL SOURCE OF PAYMENT FOR THIS DELIVERY
Item 39 DATE LAST NORMAL MENSES BEGAN
Item 41 RISK FACTORS IN THIS PREGNANCY
Item 42 INFECTIONS PRESENT AND/OR TREATED DURING THIS PREGNANCY
Item 43 OBSTETRIC PROCEDURES
Item 44 ONSET OF LABOR
Item 45 CHARACTERISTICS OF LABOR AND DELIVERY
Item 46 METHOD OF DELIVERY
4/2004; Updated 3/18/2005
Item 47 MATERNAL MORBIDITY
Item 49 BIRTHWEIGHT
Item 50 OBSTETRIC ESTIMATION OF GESTATION
Item 51 APGAR SCORE
Items 52, 53 PLURALITY; IF NOT SINGLE BIRTH– BORN FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, ETC.
Item 54 ABNORMAL CONDITIONS OF THE NEWBORN
Item 55 CONGENITAL ANOMALIES OF THE NEWBORN
Item 56 WAS INFANT TRANSFERRED WITHIN 24 HOURS OF DELIVERY? IF YES,
NAME OF FACILITY INFANT TRANSFERRED TO
Item 57 IS INFANT LIVING AT THE TIME OF REPORT?
Item 58 IS INFANT BEING BREASTFED?
Detailed specifications to be satisfied by software vendors who will contract with the states, are found at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/FinalBirthSpecs3-24-2005.pdf . This file includes detailed instructions for how the birth facts are to be keyed in by computer operators – instructions which the state and/or vendor would give to hospitals who enter birth data and DOH office workers who key in information from paper certificates to convert them to electronic files.