Atlantic County Public Health Profile Report
Very Low Birth Weight: Percentage of Live Births, 2014-2016
Atlantic1.8% 95% Confidence Interval(1.5% - 2.1%)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
Atlantic Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Low birth weight (LBW) increases the risk for infant morbidity and mortality. LBW infants are at greater risk of dying in the first month of life. LBW infants may require intensive care at birth and are at higher risk of developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses throughout life. They are more likely to require special education services. Health care costs and length of hospital stay are higher for LBW infants.
How Are We Doing?In New Jersey, the average birth weight is 3,260 grams or 7 lbs 3 oz. The very low birth weight rate among New Jersey births has been around 1.5% since the 1990s. Very low birth weight (VLBW) rates vary widely across the state and by several maternal and infant characteristics. The rate among Black mothers is 2-3 times the rate among other racial/ethnic groups. VLBW rates are highest among teen mothers and mothers over 35 years old. Three-quarters of quadruplets and more than 40% of triplets are of VLBW while 9% of twins and about 1% of singletons have VLBW. Nearly all infants born before the third trimester of pregnancy (before 28 weeks) are of VLBW while virtually no full term infants are. VLBW rates for New Jersey's counties range from 0.8% to 2.0%.
What Is Being Done?The [http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/ Division of Family Health Services] in the New Jersey Department of Health administers programs to enhance the health, safety and well-being of families and communities in New Jersey. Several programs are aimed at improving children's health, including reducing infant mortality.
Healthy People Objective MICH-8.2:Very low birth weight (VLBW)
U.S. Target: 1.4 percent
State Target: 1.4 percent
Health Care System Factors:
Health Status Outcomes:
NoteNo confidence limits are available for US data.
Data SourcesBirth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
Measure Description for Very Low Birth Weight
Definition: Percent of live-born infants delivered with a birth weight of less than 1,500 grams (about 3 lbs, 5 oz)
Numerator: Number of live-born infants with a birth weight of less than 1,500 grams born to resident mothers
Denominator: Number of live-born infants born to resident mothers