Cape May County Public Health Profile Report
Low Birth Weight Among Singleton Term Births: Percentage of Full Term Singleton Births, 2015
Cape May1.5% 95% Confidence Interval(0.8% - 2.7%)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
Cape May Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Low birth weight (LBW) increases the risk for infant morbidity and mortality. LBW infants are at greater risk of dying in the first month of life. LBW infants may require intensive care at birth and are at higher risk of developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses throughout life. They are more likely to require special education services. Health care costs and length of hospital stay are higher for LBW infants.
How Are We Doing?In New Jersey, the average birth weight among full term singleton infants is 3,383 grams, or 7 lbs, 7 oz. The percentage of full term singleton infants with low birth weight (LBW) has been steady at 2.2% among New Jersey residents during recent years. The rate varies significantly by factors such as mother's race/ethnicity and age. LBW is most likely among Black, Asian, and teen mothers. Rates vary widely across the state's counties from 1.5% to 2.8%.
What Is Being Done?The [http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/ Division of Family Health Services] in the New Jersey Department of Health administers programs to enhance the health, safety and well-being of families and communities in New Jersey. Several programs are aimed at improving birth outcomes.
Health Care System Factors:
- Multiple Births
- Preterm Singleton Births
- Very Preterm Singleton Births
- Preterm Births
- Tobacco Use During Pregnancy
- Very Preterm Births
Health Status Outcomes:
Data SourcesBirth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
Measure Description for Low Birth Weight Among Singleton Term Births
Definition: Percent of live-born singleton infants born at term with a birth weight of less than 2,500 grams (about 5 lbs, 8 oz)
Numerator: Number of live-born singleton infants born at term (37 or more completed weeks of gestation) with a birth weight of less than 2,500 grams born to resident mothers
Denominator: Number of live-born singleton infants born at term to resident mothers