Just out of curiosity, since my son was born in 2004, I decided to see how many other similar births there were, and I can’t find his birth at all! I was living in Illinois at the time, and had a home birth with a CNM. I’ve just been fiddling with it a while, and finally chose all CNM-attended home births (all states, races, gestational age, etc.), ordered by state and gender. Most states record 0 births of either sex, and of the remainder, many states record many births of one sex and 0 births of the other (and when I say “many” I’m talking about dozens or even hundred); a few states record a pretty even ratio of male-female births. That’s just weird.
When I expand the search to include all birth attendants and in-hospital births as well, there’s a proper male-female birth ratio (consistently more males than females born, which I believe is normal); but in the out-of-hospital or “unknown” location births, attended by CNMs, there are zero male babies born in 2004 in Illinois.
Ok, I just figured it out — don’t like it, ’cause it messes with my brain, but I got it: when no babies of that particular criteria died, there are no births listed either. For instance, in Alaska (CNM-attended home births), there were zero deaths in female babies, so zero births listed; but one death in male babies, and 53 births are listed — although 98 total births are listed. So, by process of elimination, we can see that there were 45 female babies born.
I don’t like it — it seems like a discrepancy with the data, but what can you do?