Healthy birthweight babies
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.
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.
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