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Cape May County Public Health Profile Report

Preterm Singleton Births: Percentage of Singleton Births, 2015

  • Cape May
    95% Confidence Interval (4.5% - 7.8%)
  • Cape May Compared to State

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    Description of Gauge

    Description of the Gauge

    This graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
    • 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.

    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.

Why Is This Important?

Prematurity increases the risk for infant morbidity and mortality. Infants born preterm are at greater risk of dying in the first month of life. Preterm 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 preterm infants. There are many health, behavioral, socioeconomic, and environmental factors known to increase the risk of preterm birth. Therefore, it is useful to track preterm birth as part of an Environmental Public Health Tracking system. Infants from multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.), are more likely to be born preterm, so to separate the effect of multiple birth from other causes, the EPHT indicator for preterm birth focuses on singleton births only.

How Are We Doing?

Despite some fluctuation over the past 15 years, the preterm birth rate among singletons was about the same in 2015 as it was in 2000: 7.6%. Preterm delivery of singletons is more likely among Blacks than among Whites, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics. The rate varies from 6% to 10% across counties.

What Is Being Done?

The 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. Information on programs that promote availability and use of prenatal care services may be found at: [] Information on programs that promote newborn and infant health is at: []

Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health  

Measure Description for Preterm Singleton Births

Definition: Percent of live born singleton infants born before 37 weeks of gestation based on obstetric estimate Preterm is synonymous with premature. Infants born at or after 37 weeks of pregnancy are called full term. Most pregnancies last around 40 weeks. Singletons are births that are not twins, triplets, or higher order.
Numerator: Number of live born singleton infants born before 37 weeks of gestation to resident mothers
Denominator: Number of live singleton infants born to resident mothers

Indicator Profile Report

Preterm Singleton Births (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

The information provided above is from the Department of Health's NJSHAD web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Fri, 23 March 2018 16:50:36 from Department of Health, New Jersey State Health Assessment Data Web site: ".

Content updated: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:01:06 EST