RISK FACTORS AND CHARACTERISTICS FOR
2005 NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT LIVE BIRTHS:
MEDICAID MOTHERS

  TOTAL RACE/ETHNICITY
White, Non-Hispanic Black, Non-Hispanic Other, Non-Hispanic Hispanic
Births Births Births Births Births
# % # % # % # % # %
TOTAL 57,063 100.0 23,497 100.0 19,204 100.0 2,150 100.0 12,212 100.0
RESIDENT BIRTHS
BIRTHWEIGHT GROUP: 149 0.3 36 0.2 92 0.5 4 0.2 17 0.1
< 500 grams
500-1499 grams 1,093 1.9 364 1.5 598 3.1 30 1.4 101 0.8
1500-2499 grams 4,945 8.7 1,957 8.3 2,163 11.3 189 8.8 636 5.2
2500+ grams 50,867 89.1 21,136 90.0 16,347 85.1 1,926 89.6 11,458 93.8
Unknown 9 0.0 4 0.0 4 0.0 1 0.0 0 0
WEEKS OF GESTATION: 539 0.9 157 0.7 313 1.6 16 0.7 53 0.4
< 27 weeks
27-31 weeks 823 1.4 284 1.2 424 2.2 27 1.3 88 0.7
32-36 weeks 5,725 10.0 2,460 10.5 2,217 11.5 196 9.1 852 7.0
37+ weeks 49,963 87.6 20,590 87.6 16,246 84.6 1,911 88.9 11,216 91.8
Unknown 13 0.0 6 0.0 4 0.0 0 0 3 0.0
MOTHER'S AGE: 4,017 7.0 1,361 5.8 1,785 9.3 156 7.3 715 5.9
< 18 years
18-34 years 49,814 87.3 20,818 88.6 16,478 85.8 1,846 85.9 10,672 87.4
35+ years 3,232 5.7 1,318 5.6 941 4.9 148 6.9 825 6.8
MOTHER'S EDUCATION: 6,364 11.2 880 3.7 553 2.9 147 6.8 4,784 39.2
< 9 years
9 - 11 years 15,423 27.0 5,884 25.0 5,183 27.0 552 25.7 3,804 31.1
12 years 21,492 37.7 9,913 42.2 8,028 41.8 880 40.9 2,671 21.9
> 12 years 13,636 23.9 6,775 28.8 5,389 28.1 557 25.9 915 7.5
Unknown 148 0.3 45 0.2 51 0.3 14 0.7 38 0.3
MARRIED: 19,247 33.7 10,666 45.4 2,857 14.9 865 40.2 4,859 39.8
Yes
No 37,814 66.3 12,830 54.6 16,346 85.1 1,285 59.8 7,353 60.2
Unknown 2 0.0 1 0.0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0
PARITY: 18,844 33.0 8,236 35.1 6,257 32.6 762 35.4 3,589 29.4
1
2-3 26,519 46.5 10,852 46.2 8,471 44.1 994 46.2 6,202 50.8
4+ 11,646 20.4 4,383 18.7 4,461 23.2 393 18.3 2,409 19.7
Unknown 54 0.1 26 0.1 15 0.1 1 0.0 12 0.1
TRIMESTER CARE BEGAN: 41,939 73.5 18,775 79.9 13,613 70.9 1,577 73.3 7,974 65.3
First
Second 11,914 20.9 3,769 16.0 4,266 22.2 472 22.0 3,407 27.9
Third 1,965 3.4 562 2.4 767 4.0 57 2.7 579 4.7
No care 621 1.1 195 0.8 287 1.5 25 1.2 114 0.9
Unknown 624 1.1 196 0.8 271 1.4 19 0.9 138 1.1
KOTELCHUCK INDEX: 1,013 1.8 322 1.4 413 2.2 30 1.4 248 2.0
Missing
Inadequate 9,126 16.0 2,716 11.6 3,381 17.6 340 15.8 2,689 22.0
Intermediate 4,928 8.6 1,662 7.1 1,429 7.4 136 6.3 1,701 13.9
Adequate 19,209 33.7 8,580 36.5 5,816 30.3 884 41.1 3,929 32.2
Adequate Plus 22,787 39.9 10,217 43.5 8,165 42.5 760 35.3 3,645 29.8
MOTHER SMOKED? 10,747 18.8 7,617 32.4 2,550 13.3 412 19.2 168 1.4
Yes
No 46,280 81.1 15,869 67.5 16,633 86.6 1,737 80.8 12,041 98.6
Unknown 36 0.1 11 0.0 21 0.1 1 0.0 3 0.0
METHOD OF DELIVERY: 41,543 72.8 16,894 71.9 13,587 70.8 1,582 73.6 9,480 77.6
Vaginal
C-Section 15,518 27.2 6,601 28.1 5,617 29.2 568 26.4 2,732 22.4
Unknown 2 0.0 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MOTHER'S MEDICAID STATUS 46,164 80.9 23,186 98.7 18,976 98.8 1,924 89.5 2,078 17.0
Prenatal Medicaid*
Emergency Medicaid** 10,899 19.1 311 1.3 228 1.2 226 10.5 10,134 83.0
INFANTS 500-1499 GRAMS - Level of Care***: 870 79.8 275 76.0 492 82.4 20 66.7 83 82.2
Level III
Other 220 20.2 87 24.0 105 17.6 10 33.3 18 17.8
INFANTS <2499 GRAMS - Level of Care***: 3,553 57.6 1,147 48.9 1,778 62.5 108 48.9 520 69.1
Level III
Other 2,616 42.4 1,201 51.1 1,069 37.5 113 51.1 233 30.9

* Medicaid paid for prenatal care and delivery. ** Medicaid paid for delivery only, not prenatal care.
*** 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