Natality Data Set

Topic/focus: Vital Events
Year(s): 1968 - 2010
Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Study and sample characteristics: Raw data from vital records
Universe: Births occurring within the United States
Variables: Varies by year
Access: Publically available
Cost: Free
Key web links: CDC: Vital Stats
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: Produced annually, the Natality Data Set contains birth certificate information for births occurring in the United States. Demographic and health characteristic variables for the mother include age, race, birthplace, residence, marital status, and attendant at birth and place of delivery. Information is also collected on medical risk factors of pregnancy, complications of labor and/or delivery, tobacco use, alcohol use, and weight gain during pregnancy. Characteristics for the newborn include sex, birthweight, period of gestation, plurality, live-birth order, Apgar score, abnormal conditions, and congenital anomalies. Limited paternal information includes age and race.