LOW BIRTH WEIGHT
Why this is important: Low birth weight infants are at an increased risk of dying within the first year of life, experiencing delayed motor and social development, and having a learning disability. The risk of these outcomes increases as birth weight decreases, with very low birth weight infants (less than 1500 grams, or 3.3 pounds) having the greatest risk.
Definition: Percent of singleton births with a birth weight less than 2500 grams (5.5 pounds).
Data Source: Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics. Calculations and presentation of data by Spokane Regional Health District, Data Center. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Vital Statistics System.