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Table 1 Gestational age and birth weight criteria for registration of live births and stillbirths among selected high-income countries, 1995–2005

From: Differences in perinatal and infant mortality in high-income countries: artifacts of birth registration or evidence of true differences?

Country Live birth Stillbirth Stillbirth registration following termination of pregnancya
Canada Any signs of life regardless of gestational age or birth weight ≥20 weeks or ≥500 g Yes
USA Any signs of life regardless of gestational age or birth weight ≥20 weeks and/or ≥350 gb No
Denmark Any signs of life regardless of gestational age or birth weight ≥28 weeks till 2003 and ≥22 weeks from 2004 Yes
Finland Any signs of life regardless of gestational age or birth weight ≥22 weeks or ≥500 g No
Iceland Any signs of life regardless of gestational age or birth weight ≥22 weeks or ≥500 g Yes
Norway ≥16 weeks ≥16 weeks Noc
Sweden Any signs of life regardless of gestational age or birth weighte ≥28 weeks Yes
  1. aIf stillbirth definition is satisfied
  2. bA few states in the US report fetal deaths for all periods of gestation
  3. cIn Norway, pregnancy terminations ≥16 weeks were reported as stillbirths prior to 1999 and reported on a special form since 1999 Sweden did not report stillbirths <28 weeks until 2008
  4. eData set provided by Swedish birth register only included live births from 154 days (22 completed weeks)