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Indicator 4:

Healthy birthweight babies

Trend
vs. Georgia







What does it measure?

The percentage of babies born in Chatham County whose birth weight is greater than 2500 grams, or equivalently, 5.5 pounds. The data are provided by the Georgia Department of Community Health.

 

Why is it important?

Babies born with low birth weight face increased risk for infant mortality. Additionally, low birth weight has been linked to higher frequencies of long-term disabilities and delayed or impaired motor and social development. It is a predictor of future medical needs. Common factors that cause low birth weight are smoking during pregnancy, low maternal weight or low pre-pregnancy weight.

 

How are we doing?

Chatham County data decreased for two consecutive years after peaking in 2009 at 90.3%, falling to 89.8% in 2011. The Georgia rate increased to 90.6% in 2011, favorably reversing a long-term downward trend.

 


PERCENTAGE OF BABIES BORN WITH A HEALTHY BIRTH WEIGHT
Source: Georgia Department of Community Health


PERCENTAGE OF BABIES BORN
WITH A HEALTHY BIRTH WEIGHT
Year Chatham
County
Georgia
2000 90.2% 91.4%
2001 89.3% 91.2%
2002 89.3% 91.0%
2003 89.6% 91.0%
2004 88.8% 90.7%
2005 89.3% 90.5%
2006 88.9% 90.4%
2007 90.1% 90.5%
2008 88.9% 90.4%
2009 90.3% 90.5%
2010 90.0% 90.2%
2011 89.8% 90.6%

 

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