Babies with Low Birth Weights
What does this measure?
The proportion of babies born with low birth weight (less than 2,500 grams or about 5.5 pounds) out of all live births.
Why is this important?
Low birth weight is a leading predictor of neonatal death. Low birth-weight infants are also more likely than normal birth-weight infants to experience long-term developmental and neurological disabilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that maternal smoking is the cause of 20% to 30% of all low-weight births in the United States.
How is Ulster County performing?
In 2014, 7.9% of babies born in Ulster had low birth weights, up from 7.0% in 2013 but down from 8.5% in 2004. Ulster's 2014 rate was above both the region and the state (excluding NYC) rate and slightly below the national rate. The rate in Kingston dropped from a high of 10.1% in 2010 to 8.9% in 2014 and was 1 point above Ulster County as a whole.
Notes about the data
Rates based upon small numbers in some of the geographies can vary widely, making it difficult to distinguish true changes from random fluctuations.