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Babies with Low birth weight

This indicator shows the percentage of live births that are a low birth weight (2500 grams or less). Babies born with a low birth weight are at increased risk for serious health consequences including disabilities and death. Low birth weight babies weigh less than 2,500 grams (5.5 pounds). Maryland’s low birth weight percentage is higher than the national average.

Measurement Period: 2015
Value: 6.2

County

6.2

State

8.6

National

HP 2020

7.8
  • 4.3
  • 8.3
  • 12.3

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Healthy People 2020

  • 7.8
    • 4.3
    • 8.3
    • 12.3
  • Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to:

    • Encourage collaborations across communities and sectors.
    • Empower individuals toward making informed health decisions.
    • Measure the impact of prevention activities.

Demographics

  • Babies with Low birth weight; Asian/ Pacific Islander (Hispanic & Non-Hispanic)
      Low: 1             High: 20.2
  • Babies with Low birth weight; Black Non-Hispanic
    8
      Low: 8             High: 25.6
  • Babies with Low birth weight; Hispanic
      Low: 4.1             High: 11.2
  • Babies with Low birth weight; White Non-Hispanic
    4.5
      Low: 4.1             High: 10

Historical Data

  • Measurement Period Value
    2015 6.2
    2014 9.6
    2013 5.3
    2012 7.6
    2011 10.1
    2010 7.4

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