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Indicator Report - Low Birth Weight

Why Is This Important?

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 (2011) indicate that average hospital charges for a low birth weight infant were $58,770 (DRG 386, 387, 388) compared to $2,389 for a normal newborn infant (DRG 391).

Low Birth Weight by Ethnicity, Utah, 2011-2013

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Data Notes

Low birth weight is defined as less than 2,500 grams (about 5 pounds, 8 ounces).

Data Sources

Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health.

Other Views


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.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of live born infants weighing under 2,500 grams.
Denominator: Total number of live births.

Page Content Updated On 11/05/2014, Published on 12/09/2014
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Content updated: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:27:04 MST