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Risk Factors and Characteristics for 1999 North Carolina Resident Live Births

TOTAL WHITE OTHER RACES
Number % % Change Number % % Change Number % % Change
Total 113,755   +1.9   81,152   +2.4   32,603   +0.6
Birthweight
Under 500 grams 266 0.2 -11.2   99 0.1 -4.3   167 0.5 -14.0
500 - 1,499 grams 1,920 1.7 +3.2   1,027 1.3 +10.6   893 2.7 -3.4
1,500 - 2,499 grams 7,922 7.0 +0.3   4,705 5.8 +0.5   3,217 9.9 +0.5
2,500+ grams 103,588 91.1 -0.1   75,277 92.8 -0.2   28,311 86.8 +0.2
Unknown 59 0.1     44 0.1     15 0.0  
Mother's Age  
Under 18 Years 5,628 4.9 -4.9   2,944 3.6 -4.0   2,684 8.2 -5.2
18-34 Years 95,945 84.3 +0.0   68,696 84.7 -0.1   27,249 83.6 +0.2
35+ Years 12,176 10.7 +2.3   9,508 11.7 +1.8   2,668 8.2 +3.2
Unknown 6 0.0     4 0.0     2 0.0  
Mother's Education
Under 9 years 6,386 5.6 +10.4   5,436 6.7 +11.6   950 2.9 +2.6
9 - 11 Years 18,858 16.6 -0.2   11,692 14.4 +2.0   7,166 22.0 -3.3
12+ Years 88,224 77.6 -0.7   63,817 78.6 -1.3   24,407 74.9 +0.8
Unknown 287 0.3     207 0.3     80 0.2  
Out-of-Wedlock
Yes 37,756 33.2 +1.3   17,649 21.7 +4.5   20,107 61.7 -0.6
No 75,927 66.7 -0.7   63,453 78.2 -1.2   12,474 38.3 +0.8
Unknown 72 0.1     50 0.1     22 0.1  
Parity  
1 39,500 34.7 +1.0   29,396 36.2 +1.3   10,104 31.0 -0.2
2 - 3 56,015 49.2 -0.4   40,240 49.6 -0.8   15,775 48.4 +0.6
4+ 18,035 15.9 -1.1   11,378 14.0 -0.7   6,657 20.4 -1.4
Unknown 205 0.2     138 0.2     67 0.2  
Trimester Care Began  
First 96,079 84.5 +0.5   71,349 87.9 +0.2   24,730 75.9 +0.9
Second 13,520 11.9 -4.6   7,554 9.3 -4.9   5,966 18.3 -3.7
Third 2,345 2.1 +2.6   1,303 1.6 +9.6   1,042 3.2 -4.3
No Care 1,038 0.9 -0.9   457 0.6 -0.4   581 1.8 -0.5
Unknown 773 0.7     489 0.6     284 0.9  
Mother Smoked?  
Yes 16,225 14.3 -4.0   12,661 15.6 -4.7   3,564 10.9 -2.1
No 97,006 85.3 +0.3   68,063 83.9 +0.5   28,943 88.8 +0.1
Unknown 524 0.5     428 0.5     96 0.3  
Method of Delivery  
Vaginal 87,611 77.0 -1.5   62,753 77.3 -1.3   24,858 76.2 -1.8
C-Section 26,125 23.0 +5.3   18,385 22.7 +4.9   7,740 23.7 +6.5
Unknown 19 0.0     14 0.0     5 0.0  
Infants of 500-1,499 grams only
Level of Care**  
Level III 1,532 81.1 +1.1   824 82.0 -0.6   708 80.2 +2.7
Other 356 18.9 -4.5   181 18.0 +2.8   175 19.8 -9.8

* % 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