Since 1984, the Cooperative has collected perinatal data in South Jersey to identify emerging issues, unmet needs and trends. Each year this data is analyzed and the findings presented in the agency's annual publication - Achievement: Report of the Regional Collaborative Database. Among the issues being monitored are Birthweight, Maternal Age, Entry to Prenatal Care, Plurality, Neonatal and Fetal Mortality, Breastfeeding Rates and Cesarean Birth Rate.
Concerns highlighted in the 2011 Achievement include the fact that New Jersey has the highest cesarean birth rate in the nation; and in South Jersey the percentage of all deliveries that were by c-section jumped from 27% in 2001 to 40% in 2011.On the positive side, the region has exceeded the Healthy People 2020 goal for early entry into prenatal care with 80% of pregnant women entering prenatal care in the first trimester. This is a regional rate; some cities lag behind and the Cooperative is working to remove barriers that block access.
The New Jersey Department of Health is an excellent source of local perinatal data.
NJSHAD is a query module for birth data derived from the New Jersey Birth Certificate database.
Selected reports on topical issues can be found here: