Index: Health / Subcategory: Physical Health

Low Birthweight Babies

Date updated: 09/27/2012

Low birthweight is defined as less than 2,500 grams (5.8 lbs.), and very low birthweight is 1,500 grams (3.4 lbs.) or less.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Babies Born with Low Birthweight (5.8 lbs or less) in Colorado & Larimer County, 2002-2011

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

See data table

What the above data tell us:

In 2011, Larimer County had 278 low birthweight babies (5.8 lbs or less). Larimer County had consistently lower percentages of low birthweight babies than Colorado and the nation. See the data table for national statistics.

Between 2002 and 2010, neither Larimer County nor Colorado reached the Healthy People 2010 Objective of 5.0% for low birthweight babies (see Standards or Targets).

After the objectives were updated with the release of Healthy People 2020, neither Colorado (8.7%) nor Larimer County (8.4%) met the new 2020 goal of 7.8% in 2011.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Babies Born with Very Low Birthweight (3.4 lbs or less) in Colorado & Larimer County, 2002-2011

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

See data table

What the above data tell us:

In 2011, Larimer County had 35 very low birthweight babies (3.4 lbs or less). Larimer County had consistently lower percentages of low birthweight babies than Colorado and the nation. See the data table for national statistics.

Between 2002 and 2010, neither the United States nor Colorado reached the Healthy People 2010 Objective of 0.9% for very low birthweight babies (see Standards or Targets). In five of those ten years, Larimer County did reach the Healthy People 2010 Objective.

After the objectives were updated with the release of Healthy People 2020, both Colorado (1.3%) and Larimer County (1.1%) met the new 2020 goal of 1.4%.

Additional Information:

Healthy People 2010 was a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative establishing national objectives to improve the health of all Americans, to eliminate disparities, and to increase the years and quality of life.

New guidelines and objectives have been established for the next ten years, through 2020.

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Standards or Targets:

Healthy People 2010:

Healthy People 2020:

Data Tables:

Percentage of Children Born with a Low Birthweight (5.8 lbs or less)

United States

Colorado

Larimer County

Healthy People 2010/2020 Objective

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

2002

314,077 7.8% 6,116 8.9% 254 7.7% 5.0%

2003

324,064 7.9% 6,272 9.1% 296 8.5% 5.0%

2004

331,771 8.1% 6,172 9.0% 257 7.6% 5.0%

2005

339,514 8.2% 6,379 9.3% 274 8.0% 5.0%

2006

351,974 8.3% 6,377 9.0% 282 8.0% 5.0%

2007

354,333 8.2% 6,397 9.0% 268 7.7% 5.0%

2008

347,209 8.2% 6,263 8.9% 246 7.0% 5.0%

2009

347,461 8.2% 6,015 8.8% 291 8.3% 5.0%

2010

326,023 8.2% 5,816 8.8% 271 8.1% 5.0%

2011

N/A

N/A

5,659 8.7% 278 8.4% 7.8%

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Percentage of Children Born with a Very Low Birthweight (3.4 lbs or less)

United States

Colorado

Larimer County

Healthy People 2010/2020 Objective

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

2002

58,544 1.5% 901 1.3% 31 0.9% 0.9%

2003

59,217 1.4% 906 1.3% 45 1.3% 0.9%

2004

60,640 1.5% 889 1.3% 30 0.9% 0.9%

2005

62,106 1.5% 902 1.3% 38 1.1% 0.9%

2006

63,309 1.5% 889 1.3% 43 1.2% 0.9%

2007

64,222 1.5% 930 1.3% 31 0.9% 0.9%

2008

61,773 1.5% 928 1.3% 31 0.9% 0.9%

2009

62,016 1.5% 839 1.2% 32 0.9% 0.9%

2010

58,004 1.5% 889 1.3% 37 1.1% 0.9%

2011

N/A

N/A

830 1.3% 35 1.1% 1.4%

See chart