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Fetal deaths; registration
Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 41, TITLE 5
§ 4160. Fetal deaths; registration. 1. Fetal death is defined as death
prior to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a
product of conception; the death is indicated by the fact that after
such separation, the fetus does not breathe or show any other evidence
of life such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord,
or definite movement of voluntary muscles.

2. A fetal death shall be registered within seventy-two hours after
expulsion of such fetus, by filing directly with the commissioner a
certificate of such death. In addition, a report of fetal death shall be
reported to the registrar in the district in which the fetal death

3. For the purposes of this article, a fetal death shall be considered
as a birth and as a death except that, for a fetal death, separate birth
and death certificates shall not be required to be prepared and
recorded, except as provided in section forty-one hundred sixty-a of
this title.

4. Local registrars of each district in which fetal death certificates
were filed prior to the effective date of this subdivision shall dispose
of such certificates in the manner prescribed by the commissioner.

5. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the disclosure
of information filed pursuant to this section shall be limited to the
mother, her lawful representative and to authorized personnel of the