Indicator Profile of Very Low Birth Weight Among Singleton Births
Why Is This Important?Low birth weight increases the risk for infant morbidity and mortality. Low birth weight infants are at greater risk of dying in the first month of life. Low birth weight infants may require intensive care at birth and are at higher risk of developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses throughout life. They are more likely to require special education services. Health care costs and length of hospital stay are higher for low birth weight infants.
There are many health, behavioral, and environmental factors known to increase the risk of very low birth weight. Therefore, it is useful to track birth weight as part of an Environmental Public Health Tracking system.
Very Low Birth Weight among Singleton Births, by County of Residence, New Jersey, 2003-2007
Data SourcesNew Jersey Birth Certificate Database, Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services;
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DefinitionPercent of live born singleton infants born with a birth weight of less than 1,500 grams (about 3 lbs, 5 oz)
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 05/06/11, Published on 05/06/11