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Low Birth Weight Births

This indicator shows the percentage of births in which the newborn weighed less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces).

Low Birth Weight Births

8.1
7.5
Comparison: U.S. Value 

7.5

percent
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Douglas

Data Source: Douglas County Health Department, Vital Statistics and U.S. Value - CDC National Vital Statistics Report
Technical Note: The regional value is compared to the U.S. value for the latest year the U.S. value is available, 2011.
Note: the comparison measurement period (2011) does not match the measurement period of the value.
Maintained By: Live Well Omaha and the Douglas County Health Department
Last Updated: October 2013

Why is this important?

Babies born with a low birth weight are more likely than babies of normal weight to require specialized medical care, and often must stay in the intensive care unit. Low birth weight is often associated with premature birth. While there have been many medical advances enabling premature infants to survive, there is still risk of infant death or long-term disability. The most important things an expectant mother can do to prevent prematurity and low birth weight are to take prenatal vitamins, stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol and using drugs, and most importantly, get prenatal care.

The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of infants born with low birth weight to 7.8%.

Low Birth Weight Births : Time Series

2006: 8.2 2007: 7.7 2008: 7.7 2009: 8.2 2010: 8.4 2011: 7.6 2012: 7.5

percent

Low Birth Weight Births

Comparison: Prior Value 

7.5

percent
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Douglas

Data Source: Douglas County Health Department, Vital Statistics and U.S. Value - CDC National Vital Statistics Report
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Live Well Omaha and the Douglas County Health Department
Last Updated: October 2013

Why is this important?

Babies born with a low birth weight are more likely than babies of normal weight to require specialized medical care, and often must stay in the intensive care unit. Low birth weight is often associated with premature birth. While there have been many medical advances enabling premature infants to survive, there is still risk of infant death or long-term disability. The most important things an expectant mother can do to prevent prematurity and low birth weight are to take prenatal vitamins, stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol and using drugs, and most importantly, get prenatal care.

The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of infants born with low birth weight to 7.8%.

Low Birth Weight Births : Time Series

2006: 8.2 2007: 7.7 2008: 7.7 2009: 8.2 2010: 8.4 2011: 7.6 2012: 7.5

percent

Low Birth Weight Births

Target Met
Comparison: Healthy People 2020 Target 

7.5

percent
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Douglas

Healthy People 2020 Target: 7.8 percent
Data Source: Douglas County Health Department, Vital Statistics and U.S. Value - CDC National Vital Statistics Report
Maintained By: Live Well Omaha and the Douglas County Health Department
Last Updated: October 2013

Why is this important?

Babies born with a low birth weight are more likely than babies of normal weight to require specialized medical care, and often must stay in the intensive care unit. Low birth weight is often associated with premature birth. While there have been many medical advances enabling premature infants to survive, there is still risk of infant death or long-term disability. The most important things an expectant mother can do to prevent prematurity and low birth weight are to take prenatal vitamins, stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol and using drugs, and most importantly, get prenatal care.

The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of infants born with low birth weight to 7.8%.

Low Birth Weight Births : Time Series

2006: 8.2 2007: 7.7 2008: 7.7 2009: 8.2 2010: 8.4 2011: 7.6 2012: 7.5

percent