RISK FACTORS AND CHARACTERISTICS FOR
2012 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 66,929 100.0 27,298 100.0 22,126 100.0 3,038 100.0 14,467 100.0
RESIDENT BIRTHS
BIRTHWEIGHT GROUP: 178 0.3 40 0.1 117 0.5 7 0.2 14 0.1
500 grams or less
501-1500 grams 1,146 1.7 386 1.4 574 2.6 49 1.6 137 0.9
1501-2500 grams 5,461 8.2 2,015 7.4 2,390 10.8 247 8.1 809 5.6
2501+ grams 60,123 89.8 24,850 91.0 19,038 86.0 2,733 90.0 13,502 93.3
Unknown 21 0.0 7 0.0 7 0.0 2 0.1 5 0.0
WEEKS OF GESTATION: 514 0.8 134 0.5 304 1.4 24 0.8 52 0.4
< 27 weeks
27-31 weeks 993 1.5 354 1.3 455 2.1 32 1.1 152 1.1
32-36 weeks 7,132 10.7 2,582 9.5 2,785 12.6 360 11.8 1,405 9.7
37+ weeks 58,226 87.0 24,211 88.7 18,547 83.8 2,617 86.1 12,851 88.8
Unknown 64 0.1 17 0.1 35 0.2 5 0.2 7 0.0
MOTHER'S AGE: 2,806 4.2 1,015 3.7 1,043 4.7 106 3.5 642 4.4
< 18 years
18-34 years 58,737 87.8 24,514 89.8 19,739 89.2 2,619 86.2 11,865 82.0
35+ years 5,384 8.0 1,769 6.5 1,344 6.1 312 10.3 1,959 13.5
Unknown 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0.0
MOTHER'S EDUCATION: 20,503 30.6 5,628 20.6 4,947 22.4 1,003 33.0 8,925 61.7
Less than High School
High School Graduate or GED 21,073 31.5 9,200 33.7 7,396 33.4 933 30.7 3,544 24.5
Some College 21,129 31.6 10,486 38.4 8,249 37.3 809 26.6 1,585 11.0
Bachelors Degree 3,453 5.2 1,694 6.2 1,231 5.6 226 7.4 302 2.1
Masters or PhD 619 0.9 253 0.9 253 1.1 54 1.8 59 0.4
Unknown 152 0.2 37 0.1 50 0.2 13 0.4 52 0.4
MARITAL STATUS: 23,099 34.5 12,092 44.3 3,680 16.6 1,399 46.1 5,928 41.0
Married
Unmarried 43,678 65.3 15,071 55.2 18,439 83.3 1,636 53.9 8,532 59.0
Unknown 152 0.2 135 0.5 7 0.0 3 0.1 7 0.0
PARITY: 21,191 31.7 9,804 35.9 7,065 31.9 983 32.4 3,339 23.1
1
2-3 29,926 44.7 12,151 44.5 9,495 42.9 1,427 47.0 6,853 47.4
4+ 15,760 23.5 5,326 19.5 5,546 25.1 626 20.6 4,262 29.5
Unknown 52 0.1 17 0.1 20 0.1 2 0.1 13 0.1
PLURALITY 65,070 97.2 26,519 97.1 21,432 96.9 2,950 97.1 14,169 97.9
Singleton
Twin 1,817 2.7 761 2.8 676 3.1 88 2.9 292 2.0
Other Multiples 42 0.1 18 0.1 18 0.1 0 0 6 0.0
METHOD OF DELIVERY: 47,633 71.2 19,120 70.0 15,267 69.0 2,235 73.6 11,011 76.1
Vaginal
C-Section 19,291 28.8 8,177 30.0 6,856 31.0 803 26.4 3,455 23.9
Unknown 5 0.0 1 0.0 3 0.0 0 0 1 0.0
TRIMESTER CARE BEGAN: 41,624 62.2 18,470 67.7 13,353 60.3 1,793 59.0 8,008 55.4
First
Second 19,218 28.7 6,838 25.0 6,426 29.0 960 31.6 4,994 34.5
Third 3,563 5.3 1,127 4.1 1,366 6.2 159 5.2 911 6.3
No care 1,346 2.0 397 1.5 580 2.6 65 2.1 304 2.1
Unknown 1,178 1.8 466 1.7 401 1.8 61 2.0 250 1.7
KOTELCHUCK INDEX: 1,534 2.3 577 2.1 519 2.3 70 2.3 368 2.5
Missing
Inadequate 14,716 22.0 4,772 17.5 5,431 24.5 733 24.1 3,780 26.1
Intermediate 5,148 7.7 1,667 6.1 1,658 7.5 254 8.4 1,569 10.8
Adequate 19,319 28.9 8,258 30.3 5,968 27.0 924 30.4 4,169 28.8
Adequate Plus 26,212 39.2 12,024 44.0 8,550 38.6 1,057 34.8 4,581 31.7
MOTHER SMOKED? 10,945 16.4 7,542 27.6 2,677 12.1 453 14.9 273 1.9
Yes
No 55,840 83.4 19,677 72.1 19,390 87.6 2,583 85.0 14,190 98.1
Unknown 144 0.2 79 0.3 59 0.3 2 0.1 4 0.0
MOTHER'S MEDICAID STATUS 57,015 85.2 27,232 99.8 22,023 99.5 2,877 94.7 4,883 33.8
Prenatal Medicaid*
Emergency Medicaid** 9,914 14.8 66 0.2 103 0.5 161 5.3 9,584 66.2


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

  TOTAL RACE/ETHNICITY
White, Non-Hispanic Black, Non-Hispanic Other, Non-Hispanic Hispanic
Births Births Births Births Births
# % # % # % # % # %
Infants 500-1499 grams born in NC Hospitals only - Level of Care***: 896 78.5 295 76.4 459 80.5 30 61.2 112 81.8
Level III
Other 246 21.5 91 23.6 111 19.5 19 38.8 25 18.2


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

  TOTAL RACE/ETHNICITY
White, Non-Hispanic Black, Non-Hispanic Other, Non-Hispanic Hispanic
Births Births Births Births Births
# % # % # % # % # %
Infants <2499 grams born in NC Hospitals only - Level of Care***: 4,024 59.8 1,272 52.9 1,965 64.2 148 49.2 639 66.6
Level III
Other 2,701 40.2 1,134 47.1 1,094 35.8 153 50.8 320 33.4

* 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