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Babies with Low Birth Weight

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

Babies with Low Birth Weight

8.2
10.0
Comparison: TX Counties 

8.6

percent
Measurement Period: 2011

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 233 Texas counties.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 2013
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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%.

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Babies with Low Birth Weight : Time Series

2006: 8.4 2007: 8.5 2008: 8.3 2009: 8.3 2010: 8.4 2011: 8.6

percent

Babies with Low Birth Weight by Maternal Race/Ethnicity

Black: 13.2 Hispanic: 6.7 White: 8.3 Overall: 8.6

percent

White Race/Ethnicity category includes Other and Unknown Race/Ethnicity.

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Babies with Low Birth Weight

Comparison: Prior Value 

8.6

percent
Measurement Period: 2011

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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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: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 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%.

More Details:

 

Babies with Low Birth Weight : Time Series

2006: 8.4 2007: 8.5 2008: 8.3 2009: 8.3 2010: 8.4 2011: 8.6

percent

Babies with Low Birth Weight by Maternal Race/Ethnicity

Black: 13.2 Hispanic: 6.7 White: 8.3 Overall: 8.6

percent

White Race/Ethnicity category includes Other and Unknown Race/Ethnicity.

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Babies with Low Birth Weight

Target Not Met
Comparison: Healthy People 2020 Target 

8.6

percent
Measurement Period: 2011

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

View Every County

Healthy People 2020 Target: 7.8 percent
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 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%.

More Details:

 

Babies with Low Birth Weight : Time Series

2006: 8.4 2007: 8.5 2008: 8.3 2009: 8.3 2010: 8.4 2011: 8.6

percent

Babies with Low Birth Weight by Maternal Race/Ethnicity

Black: 13.2 Hispanic: 6.7 White: 8.3 Overall: 8.6

percent

White Race/Ethnicity category includes Other and Unknown Race/Ethnicity.

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