You can use this module to
analyze key statistics about Wisconsin
infant deaths: the number of deaths, the overall infant mortality rate, and the
neonatal and postneonatal mortality rates. Wisconsin
infant deaths are those that occur to Wisconsin
residents before the age of one.
This revision adds 2011 and 2012 birth and infant mortality data to the module.
Follow the seven steps below
to design a table that focuses on specific causes of death, maternal and infant
characteristics, and/or aspects of prenatal and delivery care. You can select or compare data for specific counties, local health
departments, cities, or Milwaukee ZIP codes. The
data are from 1989 through 2012; you can choose one year, combine years, or
compare groups of years.
Note: The mortality rate is the number of infant, neonatal, or postneonatal deaths in a year
per 1,000 births in the same year.
If you submit your request for a table at this point, you will see results for Wisconsin statewide for the
latest available year of data (2012).
Step 2. Choose One or More Geographic Areas
You can ask for data for the entire state of Wisconsin or for smaller geographic areas. All locations refer to residence of
State: Click on the "Wisconsin statewide" button (the default option). Region: Click on the "Region" button. Then select one region, or hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and select multiple
regions. County: Click on the "County" button. Then select one county, or hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and select multiple
counties. City:Click on the "City" button. Then select one city name, or hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and select multiple
cities. Milwaukee: Click on the "City of Milwaukee" button. Then click on one of the ZIP codes, or hold down the Control
(Ctrl) key and select multiple ZIP codes. Local Health Department: Click on the "Local Health Department" button. Then select one health department, or hold down
the Control (Ctrl) key and select multiple health departments.
Note: To see results for individual areas, first select the areas of interest here, then choose "Geographic Area" as a ROW or COLUMN
Note: On April 11, 2006, City of Milwaukee zip codes used in this module were changed from zip
code at birth to zip code at death. This may cause a change in results compared to queries run before this date.
Step 3. Choose One or More Years
Data for the latest available year of death (2012) is the default. Or you can choose to see one or more single years, or one
or more groups of years. If you are requesting data for an area or group with few annual infant deaths, it may be useful to
combine years of data. WISH suppresses small numbers (when cell size is less than 5) to comply with Wisconsin vital records
data privacy guidelines.
One or more years: Click on the "One or more years" button. Then select a year, or hold down the Control
(Ctrl) key and select multiple years.
Specify your own years: Click on this button, then enter the years of interest, one per box or as a range.
Note: To see results for a series of years (or a series of year groups), first select the years of interest here, then
choose "Year(s)" as a ROW variable (Step 6) or COLUMN variable (Step 7) below.
Step 4. Choose Cause of Death (Optional)
Caution: There was a change in the classification system for causes of death in 1999. If you are selecting cause of death
for multiple years that include both ICD-10 (1999 and later) and ICD-9 (1989-1998) codes, read the
Trend Analysis Caution and
Comparability Ratios(PDF, 57 KB). Combining or comparing causes for years that include both ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes
can result in misleading information.
Choose Specific Characteristics (Optional)
This limits your analysis to a specific subpopulation. (Example: Births to mothers 18-19 years of age, non-Hispanic white, who used
tobacco during pregnancy.) Choose one or more characteristics to focus your analysis.