Low birthweight babies by race (3 year average) 2001-2009

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Definitions: Number - average annual number of live births with birth weight less than 2,500 grams (or 5 pounds, 8 ounces) during the reporting period.
Percent - number of live births with birth weight less than 2,500 grams (or 5 pounds, 8 ounces) per 100 live births during the reporting period.

Data Source: Live births 2001-2009: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: Three years of data were aggregated, then averaged. For example, data for 2007-2009 reflects an average of data for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

LNE (Low Number Event) - Numbers are not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period. Rates based on fewer than 20 events are not reported.

Note that "Total" data includes all racial and ethnic categories (not just black and white) and thus may be larger than the sum of the two racial categories presented here. Data for other racial and ethnic groups were not reported due to the small number of events in most parishes.