Very low birth weight babies, by mother's place of residence

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Birth weight is an important indicator of an infant's health. Babies born with a low birth weight (less than 3.4 pounds) have a higher probability of experiencing developmental problems and short- and long- term dissabilities. They are also at greater risk of dying within the first year of life. Infections, multiple births, obesity, poor nutrition, poverty, smoking and violence can increase the chances of a baby being born at a very low birth weight. March of Dimes of Puerto Rico estimates that a healthy birth can cost around $5,000 in comparison with a birth with complications, such as prematurity or low birth weight, that can sum up to $55,000.
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