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Risk Factors and Characteristics for 1998 North Carolina Resident Live Births

TOTAL WHITE OTHER RACES
Number % % Change Number % % Change Number % % Change
Total 111,631   +4.4 79,236   +4.5 32,395   +4.0
Birthweight    
Under 500 grams 294 0.3 +1.3   101 0.1 -21.5   193 0.6 +19.8
500 - 1,499 grams 1,826 1.6 -1.0   907 1.1 -3.9   919 2.8 +2.3
1,500 - 2,499 grams 7,750 6.9 +0.3   4,570 5.8 +0.3   3,180 9.8 +0.5
2,500+ grams 101,707 91.1 0.0   73,620 92.9 +0.1   28,087 86.7 -0.2
Unknown 54 0.0     38 0.0     16 0.0  
Mother's Age    
Under 18 Years 5,808 5.2 -5.8   2,995 3.8 -6.4   2,813 8.7 -5.0
18-34 Years 94,135 84.3 +0.1   67,123 84.7 0.0   27,012 83.4 +0.4
35+ Years 11,685 10.5 +2.1   9,115 11.5 +2.1   2,570 7.9 +1.9
Unknown 3 0.0   3 0.0   0 -
Mother's Education
Under 9 years 5,675 5.1 +4.0   4,755 6.0 +6.3   920 2.8 -6.8
9 - 11 Years 18,551 16.6 -0.5   11,187 14.1 -0.6   7,364 22.7 -0.1
12+ Years 87,195 78.1 -0.2   63,139 79.7 -0.4   24,056 74.3 +0.2
Unknown 210 0.2   155 0.2   55 0.2
Out-of-Wedlock
Yes 36,592 32.8 +1.8   16,495 20.8 +4.9   20,097 62.0 -0.4
No 75,022 67.2 -0.8   62,735 79.2 -1.2   12,290 37.9 +0.6
Unknown 17 0.0   9 0.0   8 0.0
Parity    
1 38,382 34.4 -1.3   28,322 35.7 -1.6   10,060 31.1 -0.8
2 - 3 55,176 49.4 +1.1   39,595 50.0 +1.0   15,581 48.1 +1.4
4+ 17,897 16.0 -0.1   11,190 14.1 +1.3   6,707 20.7 -2.0
Unknown 176 0.2   129 0.2   47 0.1
Trimester Care Began  
First 93,837 84.1 +0.7   69,494 87.7 0.0   24,343 75.1 +2.9
Second 13,912 12.5 -2.2   7,754 9.8 +1.9   6.158 19.0 -6.9
Third 2,243 2.0 -8.6   1,161 1.5 -6.4   1,082 3.3 -10.7
No Care 1,028 0.9 -9.6   448 0.6 -7.2   580 1.8 -11.2
Unknown 611 0.5   379 0.5   232 0.7
Mother Smoked?  
Yes 16,584 14.9 -1.9   12,968 16.4 -1.9   3,616 11.2 -1.8
No 94,890 85.0 +0.4   66,157 83.5 +0.5   28,733 88.7 +0.2
Unknown 157 0.1   111 0.1   46 0.1
Method of Delivery  
Vaginal 87,261 78.2 -0.4   62,103 78.4 -0.1   25,158 77.7 -1.1
C-Section 24,338 21.8 +1.8   17,116 21.6 +0.9   7,222 22.3 +4.1
Unknown 32 0.0   17 0.0   15 0.0
Infants of 500-1,499 grams only
Level of Care**    
Level III 1,430 78.3 -3.0   730 80.5 -0.2   700 76.2 -3.8
Other 352 19.3 +0.7   155 17.1 -3.6   197 21.4 +5.8
Unknown 44 2.4   22 2.4   22 2.4

* % Change is percentage change from last year to this year
** Level of Care is only for North Carolina resident births occurring in North Carolina Hospitals
% Columns may not sum to 100.0% due to rounding

Source: State Center for Health Statistics
NC Department of Health and Human Services