Coös' low birthweight rate has dropped 42% in two years; from 9.1% in 2014, to 5.3% of all births in 2016.
These indicators report the number of births and the number of infants born at low birth weights to women residing in Coös County, regardless of where the birth took place. “Low birth weight” describes infants weighing less than 2,500 grams (5.5 pounds) at birth. The statewide low birthweight rate was 6.2% in 2016, compared to 5.3% in Coös. Because of significant advances in care for premature babies, more babies are surviving despite being born with low birthweight. However, because low birthweight is a risk for other health complications, prevention of low birthweight births via prenatal care should be a health care priority.
Data Source: NH Department of State, Division of Vital Records Administration - online access at nhvrinweb.sos.nh.gov
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