RISK FACTORS AND CHARACTERISTICS FOR
2012 NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT LIVE BIRTHS:
OVERALL, ALL MOTHERS

  TOTAL RACE/ETHNICITY
White, Non-Hispanic Black, Non-Hispanic Other, Non-Hispanic Hispanic
Births Births Births Births Births
# % # % # % # % # %
TOTAL 119,767 100.0 67,013 100.0 28,373 100.0 6,430 100.0 17,951 100.0
RESIDENT BIRTHS
BIRTHWEIGHT GROUP: 284 0.2 90 0.1 160 0.6 11 0.2 23 0.1
500 grams or less
501-1500 grams 1,795 1.5 775 1.2 754 2.7 85 1.3 181 1.0
1501-2500 grams 8,537 7.1 4,100 6.1 2,939 10.4 495 7.7 1,003 5.6
2501+ grams 109,096 91.1 62,020 92.5 24,507 86.4 5,833 90.7 16,736 93.2
Unknown 55 0.0 28 0.0 13 0.0 6 0.1 8 0.0
WEEKS OF GESTATION: 769 0.6 265 0.4 397 1.4 33 0.5 74 0.4
< 27 weeks
27-31 weeks 1,528 1.3 700 1.0 575 2.0 65 1.0 188 1.0
32-36 weeks 11,510 9.6 5,708 8.5 3,467 12.2 620 9.6 1,715 9.6
37+ weeks 105,826 88.4 60,285 90.0 23,878 84.2 5,702 88.7 15,961 88.9
Unknown 134 0.1 55 0.1 56 0.2 10 0.2 13 0.1
MOTHER'S AGE: 2,961 2.5 1,091 1.6 1,085 3.8 108 1.7 677 3.8
< 18 years
18-34 years 100,665 84.1 56,330 84.1 24,469 86.2 5,202 80.9 14,664 81.7
35+ years 16,137 13.5 9,591 14.3 2,819 9.9 1,118 17.4 2,609 14.5
Unknown 4 0.0 1 0.0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0.0
MOTHER'S EDUCATION: 5,862 4.9 673 1.0 332 1.2 337 5.2 4,520 25.2
< 9 years
9 - 11 years 16,196 13.5 5,508 8.2 4,888 17.2 758 11.8 5,042 28.1
12 years 26,902 22.5 13,122 19.6 8,338 29.4 1,182 18.4 4,260 23.7
> 12 years 70,307 58.7 47,396 70.7 14,713 51.9 4,128 64.2 4,070 22.7
Unknown 500 0.4 314 0.5 102 0.4 25 0.4 59 0.3
MARRIED: 70,477 58.8 49,299 73.6 7,792 27.5 4,604 71.6 8,782 48.9
Yes
No 49,023 40.9 17,500 26.1 20,558 72.5 1,810 28.1 9,155 51.0
Unknown 267 0.2 214 0.3 23 0.1 16 0.2 14 0.1
PARITY: 40,553 33.9 24,860 37.1 8,966 31.6 2,298 35.7 4,429 24.7
1
2-3 55,634 46.5 31,491 47.0 12,401 43.7 3,164 49.2 8,578 47.8
4+ 23,450 19.6 10,594 15.8 6,968 24.6 962 15.0 4,926 27.4
Unknown 130 0.1 68 0.1 38 0.1 6 0.1 18 0.1
MATERNAL PRE-PREGNANCY BODY MASS INDEX: 4,733 4.0 2,773 4.1 1,007 3.5 463 7.2 490 2.7
Underweight (<18.5)
Normal (18.5-24.9) 52,987 44.2 32,819 49.0 9,563 33.7 3,533 54.9 7,072 39.4
Overweight (25.0-29.9) 29,049 24.3 15,148 22.6 7,124 25.1 1,327 20.6 5,450 30.4
Obese (30.0+) 28,955 24.2 14,166 21.1 9,822 34.6 911 14.2 4,056 22.6
Unknown 4,043 3.4 2,107 3.1 857 3.0 196 3.0 883 4.9
MATERNAL MEDICAID STATUS: 57,015 47.6 27,232 40.6 22,023 77.6 2,877 44.7 4,883 27.2
Prenatal Medicaid*
Emergency Medicaid** 9,914 8.3 66 0.1 103 0.4 161 2.5 9,584 53.4
Non-Medicaid 52,838 44.1 39,715 59.3 6,247 22.0 3,392 52.8 3,484 19.4
MATERNAL WIC STATUS: 55,496 46.3 22,648 33.8 18,923 66.7 2,498 38.8 11,427 63.7
Prenatal WIC
Not on WIC 64,271 53.7 44,365 66.2 9,450 33.3 3,932 61.2 6,524 36.3
TRIMESTER CARE BEGAN: 85,380 71.3 52,152 77.8 18,112 63.8 4,518 70.3 10,598 59.0
First
Second 25,481 21.3 11,061 16.5 7,367 26.0 1,413 22.0 5,640 31.4
Third 4,770 4.0 1,833 2.7 1,617 5.7 273 4.2 1,047 5.8
No care 2,006 1.7 785 1.2 741 2.6 115 1.8 365 2.0
Unknown 2,130 1.8 1,182 1.8 536 1.9 111 1.7 301 1.7
KOTELCHUCK INDEX: 2,685 2.2 1,423 2.1 695 2.4 131 2.0 436 2.4
Missing
Inadequate 19,129 16.0 7,512 11.2 6,241 22.0 1,119 17.4 4,257 23.7
Intermediate 9,272 7.7 4,722 7.0 2,098 7.4 575 8.9 1,877 10.5
Adequate 38,092 31.8 22,701 33.9 7,863 27.7 2,126 33.1 5,402 30.1
Adequate Plus 50,589 42.2 30,655 45.7 11,476 40.4 2,479 38.6 5,979 33.3
MOTHER SMOKED? 12,727 10.6 9,018 13.5 2,881 10.2 501 7.8 327 1.8
Yes
No 106,439 88.9 57,562 85.9 25,363 89.4 5,910 91.9 17,604 98.1
Unknown 601 0.5 433 0.6 129 0.5 19 0.3 20 0.1
METHOD OF DELIVERY: 83,073 69.4 46,006 68.7 19,131 67.4 4,461 69.4 13,475 75.1
Vaginal
C-Section 36,638 30.6 20,968 31.3 9,233 32.5 1,965 30.6 4,472 24.9
Unknown 56 0.0 39 0.1 9 0.0 4 0.1 4 0.0


2012 NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT LIVE BIRTHS BORN IN NC HOSPITALS
VERY LOW BIRTHWEIGHT INFANTS 500-1499 GRAMS BY LEVEL OF PERINATAL HOSPITAL CARE"
OVERALL, ALL MOTHERS

  TOTAL RACE/ETHNICITY
White, Non-Hispanic Black, Non-Hispanic Other, Non-Hispanic Hispanic
Births Births Births Births Births
# % # % # % # % # %
LEVEL OF CARE FOR INFANTS 500-1499 GRAMS BORN IN NORTH CAROLINA HOSPITALS***: 1,364 77.3 562 74.3 599 80.6 56 65.9 147 81.2
Level III
Other 401 22.7 194 25.7 144 19.4 29 34.1 34 18.8


2012 NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT LIVE BIRTHS BORN IN NC HOSPITALS
LOW BIRTHWEIGHT INFANTS <2499 GRAMS BY LEVEL OF PERINATAL HOSPITAL CARE:
OVERALL, ALL MOTHERS

  TOTAL RACE/ETHNICITY
White, Non-Hispanic Black, Non-Hispanic Other, Non-Hispanic Hispanic
Births Births Births Births Births
# % # % # % # % # %
LEVEL OF CARE FOR INFANTS <2499 GRAMS BORN IN NORTH CAROLINA HOSPITALS***: 6,083 58.2 2,604 53.7 2,424 63.5 273 46.7 782 64.9
Level III
Other 4,366 41.8 2,241 46.3 1,391 36.5 311 53.3 423 35.1

* 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