Health Indicator Report of Birth Outcomes - Low Birthweight
Low birthweight increases the risk for infant mortality and morbidity. As birthweight decreases, the risk for death increases. Low birthweight infants who survive often require intensive care at birth, may develop chronic illnesses, and later may require special education services. Health care costs and length of hospital stay are higher for low birthweight infants.
NotesLow birthweight is defined as less than 2,500 grams (about 5 pounds, 8 ounces).
- Birth Certificate Data, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.
- U.S. Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, ]http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/]
DefinitionLow birthweight infants are those weighing less than 2,500 grams (about 5.5 pounds). The low birthweight rate is the number of live births under 2,500 grams divided by the total number of live births over the same time period.
NumeratorNumber of live born infants weighing under 2,500 grams.
DenominatorTotal number of live births.
Page Content Updated On 11/05/2018, Published on 11/06/2018