Low birth weight births

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Definitions: This indicator represents the number of babies who weigh less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces) at birth, as recorded by birth certificates.

The denominator for the percentage is total resident live births in respective geographic areas.

Data Source: North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Vital Records.

Footnotes: GEOGRAPHY - Data are reported by the mother's place of residence rather than the location of the hospital where the birth occurred. Because vital records data specific to American Indian reservation boundaries are unavailable, tribal data were collected based on births to American Indian mothers in counties associated with reservation boundaries. Tribal data for this measure were collected as follows:

Fort Berthold Reservation: Resident live births to American Indian mothers in McLean, Mercer, Dunn, Mountrail, and McKenzie counties.
Spirit Lake Reservation: Resident live births to American Indian mothers in Ramsey, Benson, and Eddy counties.
Standing Rock Reservation (North Dakota portion): Resident live births to American Indian mothers in Sioux County.
Turtle Mountain Reservation and Off-Reservation Trust Land (North Dakota portion): Resident live births to American Indian mothers in Rolette County.
Click here for a map showing reservation boundaries in North Dakota and the associated counties for each.

DATE - Calendar Year (January 1 - December 31).

LIMITATIONS - Data are not reported for geographies where the number of low-weight births is five or less. In these cases, "LNE" is indicated for Low Number Event.