Births to women who reported smoking during pregnancy

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Definitions: Number - births in which women reported smoking during their pregnancy on their child's birth certificate.
Rate - births in which women reported smoking during their pregnancy on their child's birth certificate per 100 live births.

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

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - a value of fewer than five events or a rate based on fewer than 20 events and is thus not reported.

Please note that the actual number of mothers who smoke during pregnancy is likely to be higher than the data reported here because some mothers who smoke may not report doing so on their child's birth certificate.  For example, data from Pregnancy Risk Assessment System (PRAMS), an ongoing survey of Louisiana mothers before, during, and just after pregnancy, showed that 15% of Louisiana mothers smoked during pregnancy in 2008.  That same year, 10.1% of births were to women who reported smoking on their child's birth certificate.