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Missoula Healthy Kids Indicators - 2020



Low birth weight infants (less than 5 lbs 8 oz) include those born too early, as well as those suffering from retarded intrauterine growth.  The long term cost to society for medical and social services for them is frequently high.  They begin their lives in neonatal intensive care units, and are at much higher risk for a host of developmental and physical problems through out their lives.  Birth weight also reflects socioeconomic status, race, maternal age, education, access to health care, and tobacco, alcohol, and drug use of the mother.

In the US, in 2008:

Prenatal care is a key factor in preventing preterm births and very low birth weight babies.



graph low birth weight Missoula, Montana, Health People 2020 goal

Source: Vital Statistics, MDPHHS.

Healthy People 2020 Target    
  Baseline Target
Low birth weight 8.2% 7.8%
Very low birth weight 1.5% 1.4%

The US Dept of Health and Human Services sponsors the Healthy People objectives,
 a science-based, 10-year national plan for improving the health of all Americans.


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