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, 2005-2009

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Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health; 

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Percent 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

Numerator: Number of live born singleton infants with a birth weight of less than 1,500 grams born to resident mothers
Denominator: Number of live born singleton infants born to resident mothers

Page Content Updated On 05/17/13, Published on 05/24/13
Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360, Web: www.nj.gov/health/chs, e-mail: chs@doh.state.nj.us
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Content updated: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:00:44 EDT