Birth Defects Dataenvironmental public health tracking


To identify newborns with birth defects, assure that these children receive appropriate medical and social services, and monitor trends.

Key Information

Birth defects diagnoses, testing and laboratory data, social service referral and consultations, and maternal and infant demographics.

Collection Period

2002 to present

Rhode Island Numbers

  • o The overall prevalence rate for birth defects from 2014 to 2018 in Rhode Island is 338 per 10,000 live births.
  • The total hospital cost for newborns in Rhode Island with a birth defect diagnosis was $207 million during 2014 to 2016.

Cases and Prevalence of Selected Birth Defects, Rhode Island, 2014-2018