What does this indicator measure?
This measure represents the percent of live births where the newborn weighted less than 2,500 grams (or less than, approximately, 5 lbs, 8 oz).
Why is this indicator important?
Compared to infants of normal weight, low birth weight infants may be more at risk for many health problems. Infants born preterm or who were exposed to cigarette smoke as a fetus are at greater risk for having a low birth weight.
About the data
Healthy People 2020
Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health
Indiana State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics