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Babies with Very Low Birth Weight

This indicator shows the percentage of births in which the newborn weighed less than 1,500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces).

Babies with Very Low Birth Weight

1.2
1.7
Comparison: TX Counties 

1.7

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

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 254 Texas counties.
Percentages based on fewer than 20 events are considered unreliable and should be interpreted with caution. Please consult the source for number of events.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: June 2013
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Why is this important?

Babies born with a very low birth weight are more likely than babies of normal weight to require specialized medical care and often must stay in intensive care nurseries. Low birth weight is often associated with premature birth. Babies born at very low birth weight are at the highest risk of dying in their first year. While there have been many medical advances enabling very low birth weight and premature infants to survive, there is still risk of infant death or long-term disability. To prevent prematurity and low birth weight, expectant mothers should 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 very low birth weight to 1.4%.

Babies with Very Low Birth Weight : Time Series

2005: 1.6 2006: 1.7 2007: 1.7 2008: 1.6 2009: 1.7 2010: 1.7

percent

Babies with Very Low Birth Weight by Maternal Age

15-17: 1.6 18-19: 1.8 20-29: 1.6 30-39: 1.7 40+: 2.4 Overall: 1.7

percent

Babies with Very Low Birth Weight by Maternal Race/Ethnicity

Black: 3.0 Hispanic: 1.2 Other: 1.8 White: 1.3 Overall: 1.7

percent

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Babies with Very Low Birth Weight

Comparison: Prior Value 

1.7

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

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.
Percentages based on fewer than 20 events are considered unreliable and should be interpreted with caution. Please consult the source for number of events.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: June 2013

Why is this important?

Babies born with a very low birth weight are more likely than babies of normal weight to require specialized medical care and often must stay in intensive care nurseries. Low birth weight is often associated with premature birth. Babies born at very low birth weight are at the highest risk of dying in their first year. While there have been many medical advances enabling very low birth weight and premature infants to survive, there is still risk of infant death or long-term disability. To prevent prematurity and low birth weight, expectant mothers should 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 very low birth weight to 1.4%.

Babies with Very Low Birth Weight : Time Series

2005: 1.6 2006: 1.7 2007: 1.7 2008: 1.6 2009: 1.7 2010: 1.7

percent

Babies with Very Low Birth Weight by Maternal Age

15-17: 1.6 18-19: 1.8 20-29: 1.6 30-39: 1.7 40+: 2.4 Overall: 1.7

percent

Babies with Very Low Birth Weight by Maternal Race/Ethnicity

Black: 3.0 Hispanic: 1.2 Other: 1.8 White: 1.3 Overall: 1.7

percent

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Babies with Very Low Birth Weight

Target Not Met
Comparison: Healthy People 2020 Target 

1.7

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

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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Healthy People 2020 Target: 1.4 percent
Technical Note: Percentages based on fewer than 20 events are considered unreliable and should be interpreted with caution. Please consult the source for number of events.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: June 2013

Why is this important?

Babies born with a very low birth weight are more likely than babies of normal weight to require specialized medical care and often must stay in intensive care nurseries. Low birth weight is often associated with premature birth. Babies born at very low birth weight are at the highest risk of dying in their first year. While there have been many medical advances enabling very low birth weight and premature infants to survive, there is still risk of infant death or long-term disability. To prevent prematurity and low birth weight, expectant mothers should 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 very low birth weight to 1.4%.

Babies with Very Low Birth Weight : Time Series

2005: 1.6 2006: 1.7 2007: 1.7 2008: 1.6 2009: 1.7 2010: 1.7

percent

Babies with Very Low Birth Weight by Maternal Age

15-17: 1.6 18-19: 1.8 20-29: 1.6 30-39: 1.7 40+: 2.4 Overall: 1.7

percent

Babies with Very Low Birth Weight by Maternal Race/Ethnicity

Black: 3.0 Hispanic: 1.2 Other: 1.8 White: 1.3 Overall: 1.7

percent

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