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Complete Health Indicator Report of Low Birth Weight

Definition

The number of live births under 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces) divided by the total number of live births over the same time period.

Numerator

Number of live born infants weighing under 2,500 grams.

Denominator

Total number of live births.

Why Is This Important?

As birth weight decreases, the risk for death increases. Low birth weight (LBW) infants who survive often require intensive care at birth, are at risk for many health problems including delayed motor and social development or learning disabilities.

Healthy People Objective MICH-8.1:

Reduce low birth weight (LBW)
U.S. Target: 7.8 percent
State Target: 6.7 percent

How Are We Doing?

Utah's low birth weight percentage has increased over the last decade from 6.7% in 2007 to 7.2% in 2017. Utah's 2017 rate is below the Healthy People 2020 Objective target (7.8%).

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Nationally, the percentage of low birth weight births has remained essentially unchanged at around 8.2% since 2007. Utah's low birth weight rate is lower than the national rate.

What Is Being Done?

In an effort to reduce the low birth weight rate, emphasis has been placed on promoting preconception health to encourage women to be at optimal health at the time of conception as chronic health conditions, physical, emotional, and behavioral health issues can have a strong impact on the developing fetus. Chronic maternal disease such as hypertension and diabetes should be diagnosed and optimally managed prior to conception. In addition, work is ongoing to promote optimal weight in women of reproductive age prior to pregnancy as both maternal underweight and obesity are associated with low birth weight infants. Efforts are also underway to promote optimal pregnancy spacing as short interpregnancy intervals (< 18 months) that are associated with low birth weight infants. Programs to reduce tobacco use during pregnancy have been developed and are being implemented in many local health departments. The Utah Department of Health has implemented the "Power Your Life" campaign to reach women of reproductive age about the importance of being healthy prior to pregnancy to improve outcomes. The centerpiece of the campaign is the Power Your Life website at [http://www.poweryourlife.org]. Women are also encouraged to seek early and continuous care throughout their pregnancies and to achieve an adequate weight gain during pregnancy. All women should receive a thorough formal risk assessment at their initial prenatal visit, with updates throughout pregnancy to identify risk factors for low birth weight and develop appropriate interventions, if needed. Additionally, all women should be educated regarding the danger signs of pregnancy and the importance of fetal kick counts to facilitate early recognition of problems to permit earlier intervention, thereby improving pregnancy outcomes. Standards for assisted reproductive technology should be adhered to in order to reduce the frequency of higher order multiple pregnancies and to assure optimal outcomes. Women should be at optimal health and be low risk before undergoing infertility treatment. Pregnant women also need appropriate referrals to services such as Women, Infant and Childrens (WIC), and nutritional and psychosocial counseling for at risk women.

Available Services

'''Power Your Life:''' [http://www.poweryourlife.org][[br]] Public education about how to be at optimal health prior to pregnancy.[[br]] [[br]] Social media for Power Your Life include:[[br]] *Facebook: [http://www.facebook.com/poweryourlifeutah][[br]] *Twitter: @Poweryourlife2[[br]] *Pinterest: [http://www.pinterest.com/poweryourlifeut][[br]] [[br]] '''Utah Tobacco Quit Line:''' 1-800-784-8669[[br]] En espanol: Llame 1-877-629-1585[[br]] Free professional coaching to guide you through the quitting process. '''Baby Your Baby:''' 1-800-826-9662[[br]] [http://www.babyyourbaby.org][[br]] A resource to answer pregnancy related questions and and locate services for the public. '''MotherToBaby:'''[[br]] Phone - 1-800-822-2229[[br]] Text - 1-855-999-3525[[br]] Email - expertinfo@mothertobaby.org[[br]] A service to answer questions about what's safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.[[br]] [[br]] Social media for MotherToBaby include:[[br]] *Facebook: [http://www.facebook.com/MotherToBaby][[br]] *Twitter: @MotherToBaby[[br]] *Pinterest: [http://www.pinterest.com/MotherToBaby][[br]] [[br]] '''Baby Watch Early Intervention Hotline:'''[[br]] 1-801-273-2998 (Main)[[br]] 1-800-961-4226 (Toll free)[[br]] Utah's network of services for children, birth to three years of age, with developmental delay or disabilities. '''University of Utah Health Care Parent-to-Parent Support Group:''' 1-801-581-2098[[br]] Support program for families of high risk/critically ill newborns.


Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

2017 data show the following population subgroups at higher risk of having a low birth weight infant: *Maternal age (mothers younger than 19 and older than 35) *Race (Utah mothers who were Black or African American or Asian had higher rates of low birth weight than the Utah general population) *Lower educational attainment (less than college education) *Being unmarried

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:


Related Health Care System Factors Indicators:


Risk Factors

2017 data show the following risk factors contribute to having a low birth weight infant: *Preterm births *Multiple gestation (e.g. twins) *A pre-pregnancy BMI of underweight or obese *Inadequate weight gain during pregnancy *Tobacco use during pregnancy

Related Risk Factors Indicators:


Health Status Outcomes

The following outcomes are related to low birth weight infants: *Health problems (including abnormal growth and infant death) *Costs associated with low birth weight births, premature births, and maternal and infant mortality and morbidity

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Low Birth Weight by County, Utah, 2015-2017, and U.S., 2016

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CountyPercentage of Live Born InfantsLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 31
Beaver7.6%5.0%11.2%
Box Elder6.5%5.6%7.6%
Cache6.8%6.2%7.4%
Carbon10.6%8.5%13.1%
Daggett****
Davis6.7%6.3%7.0%
Duchesne8.0%6.5%9.8%
Emery6.7%4.5%9.9%
Garfield8.8%5.2%14.3%
Grand6.8%4.5%10.1%
Iron8.9%7.8%10.1%
Juab7.3%5.4%9.8%
Kane6.7%4.1%10.7%
Millard7.6%5.7%10.1%
Morgan6.0%4.2%8.6%
Piute****
Rich7.1%3.2%14.7%*
Salt Lake7.6%7.4%7.8%
San Juan7.6%5.7%9.9%
Sanpete8.8%7.3%10.7%
Sevier8.1%6.5%10.1%
Summit8.3%6.9%10.0%
Tooele7.1%6.2%8.1%
Uintah7.6%6.5%9.0%
Utah6.5%6.2%6.7%
Wasatch7.2%5.9%8.7%
Washington6.4%5.8%7.0%
Wayne9.5%4.8%17.7%*
Weber7.5%7.0%8.0%
State7.2%7.0%7.3%
U.S.8.2%2016

Data Notes

Low birth weight is defined as less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces).   [[br]] [[br]] Note: County represents county of mother's residence. [[br]] [[br]] *Use caution when interpreting. The estimate has a coefficient of variation >30% and is therefore deemed unreliable by Utah Department of Health standards. [[br]] [[br]] **The estimate has been suppressed because 1) the relative standard error is greater than 50% or the relative standard error can't be determined, or 2) the observed number of events is very small and not appropriate for publication. [[br]] [[br]] 2016 U.S. rate is final.

Data Sources

  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Low Birth Weight by Local Health District, Utah, 2015-2017 and U.S., 2016

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Local Health DistrictPercentage of Live Born InfantsLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 15
Bear River6.7%6.2%7.2%
Central8.2%7.3%9.2%
Davis County6.7%6.3%7.0%
Salt Lake County7.6%7.4%7.8%
San Juan7.6%5.7%9.9%
Southeast8.7%7.3%10.3%
Southwest7.1%6.6%7.7%
Summit8.3%6.9%10.0%
Tooele7.1%6.2%8.1%
TriCounty7.8%6.9%8.8%
Utah County6.5%6.2%6.7%
Wasatch7.2%5.9%8.7%
Weber-Morgan7.5%7.0%7.9%
State of Utah7.2%7.0%7.3%
U.S.8.2%2016

Data Notes

Low birth weight is defined as less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces).   [[br]] [[br]] Note: Local health district represents district of mother's residence. [[br]] [[br]] 2016 U.S. rate is final.

Data Sources

  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Low Birth Weight by Utah Small Area, 2015-2017, and U.S., 2016

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Utah Small AreasPercentage of Live Born InfantsLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 131
Brigham City5.6%4.4%7.1%
Box Elder (Other) V27.1%5.1%9.8%
Tremonton7.1%5.5%9.0%
Logan V27.8%6.9%8.8%
North Logan4.9%3.9%6.2%
Cache (Other)/Rich V27.5%6.0%9.4%
Hyrum6.0%4.1%8.7%
Smithfield5.1%3.7%7.0%
Ben Lomond7.1%6.2%8.1%
Weber County (East)6.4%5.2%7.9%
Morgan County5.3%3.6%7.9%
Ogden (Downtown)9.1%7.8%10.5%
South Ogden8.3%7.0%9.7%
Roy/Hooper6.9%5.9%8.1%
Riverdale7.2%5.9%8.8%
Clearfield Area/Hooper7.0%6.2%7.8%
Layton/South Weber6.2%5.5%7.0%
Kaysville/Fruit Heights6.7%5.6%8.0%
Syracuse7.1%5.8%8.8%
Centerville7.3%5.6%9.5%
Farmington5.2%4.0%6.8%
North Salt Lake8.0%6.6%9.6%
Woods Cross/West Bountiful7.0%5.4%9.0%
Bountiful6.2%5.3%7.3%
SLC (Rose Park)6.6%5.5%7.8%
SLC (Avenues)6.6%4.8%8.8%
SLC (Foothill/East Bench)7.7%6.1%9.7%
Magna8.5%7.1%10.1%
SLC (Glendale)8.3%6.9%10.0%
West Valley (Center)8.4%7.4%9.5%
West Valley (West) V28.3%7.0%9.9%
West Valley (East) V27.1%6.2%8.1%
SLC (Downtown) V211.7%9.9%13.8%
SLC (Southeast Liberty)6.7%5.2%8.7%
South Salt Lake8.2%6.9%9.8%
SLC (Sugar House)6.4%5.2%7.7%
Millcreek (South)5.5%4.1%7.4%
Millcreek (East)6.5%5.1%8.2%
Holladay V26.9%5.4%8.7%
Cottonwood6.9%5.7%8.3%
Kearns V29.1%8.0%10.4%
Taylorsville (E)/Murray (W)8.4%7.2%9.8%
Taylorsville (West)8.0%6.8%9.4%
Murray7.3%6.2%8.7%
Midvale7.7%6.6%9.0%
West Jordan (Northeast) V27.8%6.5%9.2%
West Jordan (Southeast)8.0%6.8%9.4%
West Jordan (West)/Copperton7.0%6.0%8.2%
South Jordan V27.5%6.4%8.8%
Daybreak6.1%4.9%7.7%
Sandy (West)9.4%7.9%11.1%
Sandy (Center) V26.2%4.9%7.7%
Sandy (Northeast)8.0%6.3%10.2%
Sandy (Southeast)8.4%6.7%10.5%
Draper7.0%5.9%8.3%
Riverton/Bluffdale6.9%5.9%8.1%
Herriman6.4%5.5%7.4%
Tooele County (Other)5.1%3.6%7.2%
Tooele Valley7.7%6.6%8.9%
Eagle Mountain/Cedar Valley5.9%5.0%6.9%
Lehi7.1%6.4%7.9%
Saratoga Springs5.7%4.8%6.9%
American Fork6.7%5.7%7.8%
Alpine4.5%2.7%7.3%
Pleasant Grove/Lindon6.5%5.6%7.4%
Orem (North)6.6%5.7%7.6%
Orem (West)7.4%6.4%8.5%
Orem (East)6.8%5.4%8.4%
Provo/BYU5.0%4.1%6.0%
Provo (West City Center)6.0%5.1%7.0%
Provo (East City Center)6.3%5.3%7.4%
Salem City6.9%4.7%10.1%
Spanish Fork6.7%5.8%7.8%
Springville7.0%6.0%8.2%
Mapleton7.5%5.2%10.7%
Utah County (South) V26.6%5.1%8.6%
Payson6.6%5.4%8.0%
Park City7.8%6.0%10.0%
Summit County (East)8.8%6.7%11.6%
Wasatch County7.4%6.0%8.9%
Daggett and Uintah County7.6%6.4%8.9%
Duchesne County8.0%6.5%9.8%
Nephi/Mona7.0%5.0%9.6%
Delta/Fillmore7.5%5.4%10.3%
Sanpete Valley7.9%6.2%10.0%
Central (Other)8.8%7.1%10.9%
Richfield/Monroe/Salina8.2%6.4%10.6%
Carbon County10.7%8.6%13.2%
Emery County6.6%4.4%9.7%
Grand County6.9%4.6%10.2%
Blanding/Monticello7.9%5.3%11.6%
San Juan County (Other)6.8%4.4%10.4%
St. George6.7%5.9%7.6%
Washington County (Other) V26.2%4.1%9.2%
Washington City6.4%5.1%8.1%
Hurricane/La Verkin5.7%4.4%7.4%
Ivins/Santa Clara7.2%5.2%10.0%
Cedar City8.7%7.6%10.0%
Southwest LHD (Other)8.4%6.7%10.4%
State of Utah7.2%7.0%7.3%
U.S.8.2%2016

Data Notes

Low birth weight is defined as less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces).   [[br]] [[br]]Note: Utah Small Area represents area of mother's residence. [[br]] [[br]]A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/resource/Guidelines.html]. [[br]] [[br]]2016 U.S. rate is final.

Data Sources

  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Low Birth Weight by Year, Utah and U.S., 2000-2017

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Utah vs. U.S.YearPercentage of Live Born Infants
Record Count: 35
Utah20006.6%
Utah20016.4%
Utah20026.5%
Utah20036.6%
Utah20046.6%
Utah20056.8%
Utah20066.9%
Utah20076.7%
Utah20086.8%
Utah20097.0%
Utah20107.0%
Utah20116.9%
Utah20126.9%
Utah20137.0%
Utah20147.0%
Utah20157.0%
Utah20167.2%
Utah20177.2%
U.S.20007.6%
U.S.20017.7%
U.S.20027.8%
U.S.20037.9%
U.S.20048.1%
U.S.20058.2%
U.S.20068.3%
U.S.20078.2%
U.S.20088.2%
U.S.20098.2%
U.S.20108.2%
U.S.20118.1%
U.S.20128.0%
U.S.20138.0%
U.S.20148.0%
U.S.20158.1%
U.S.20168.2%

Data Notes

Low birth weight is defined as less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces).   [[br]] [[br]] 2016 U.S. rate is final.

Data Sources

  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Low Birth Weight by Race, Utah, 2015-2017, and U.S., 2016

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RacePercentage of Live Born InfantsLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 7
American Indian/Native Alaskan7.2%6.0%8.6%
Asian10.2%9.2%11.2%
Black10.1%9.0%11.5%
Pacific Islander7.7%6.6%9.1%
White7.0%6.8%7.1%
All Races7.2%7.0%7.3%
U.S.8.2%2016

Data Notes

Low birth weight is defined as less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces).   [[br]] [[br]] 2016 U.S. rate is final.

Data Sources

  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Low Birth Weight by Ethnicity, Utah, 2015-2017, and U.S., 2016

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Hispanic EthnicityPercentage of Live Born InfantsLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 5
Hispanic7.9%7.6%8.3%
Non-Hispanic6.9%6.8%7.1%
Unknown Ethnicity9.3%8.4%10.2%
All Utahns7.2%7.0%7.3%
U.S.8.2%2016

Data Notes

Low birth weight is defined as less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces).   [[br]] [[br]] 2016 U.S. rate is final.

Data Sources

  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

References and Community Resources

Child Health fact sheet on low birth weight by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau[[br]] [https://mchb.hrsa.gov/chusa11/hstat/hsi/pages/201lbw.html] CDC's National Public Health Tracking Network fact sheet on low birth weight[[br]] [http://ephtracking.cdc.gov/showRbLBWGrowthRetardationEnv.action] March of Dimes website's professional information on low birth weight[[br]] [http://www.marchofdimes.com/baby/low-birthweight.aspx]

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

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