Low birth weight increases the risk for infant mortality and morbidity. As birth weight decreases, the risk for death increases.
Low birth weight infants who survive often require intensive care at birth, may develop chronic illnesses, and later may require
special education services. Health care costs and length of hospital stay are higher for low birth weight infants. Utah inpatient
hospital discharge data (2010) indicate that the average hospital charge for a low birth weight infant was $44,472 compared
to $2,218 for a normal birth weight infant.
Low Birth Weight by Ethnicity, Utah, 2009-2011
Low birth weight is defined as less than 2,500 grams (about 5 pounds, 8 ounces).
Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health.
The number of live births under 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces) divided by the total number of live births over the same
How We Calculated the Rates
Number of live born infants weighing under 2,500 grams.
Total number of live births.
Page Content Updated On 10/24/2012,
Published on 12/16/2012
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