Children & Youth

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Source: Monroe County Department of Public Health

What does this measure?

The number of babies born with low birth weight (less than 2,500 grams or about 5.5 pounds) expressed as a percentage of all live births, reported by race/ethnicity in Monroe County.

Why is this important?

Low birth weight is a leading predictor of neonatal death. Low birth-weight infants are also more likely than normal birth-weight infants to experience long-term developmental and neurological disabilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that maternal smoking is the cause of 20% to 30% of all low-weight births in the United States.

How is our region performing?

Among racial and ethnic groups in Monroe County, low birth weights were highest among African American babies, 15% in 2017. Despite a recent drop in rates of low birth weight among African American babies, rates among Hispanic and white babies were generally higher or unchanged in the second half of the decade. Between 2000 and 2017, the rate among Hispanic babies increased from 7% to 12% and remained steady among white babies at 6%.

Notes about the data

None.

Babies Born with Low Birth Weights by Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County, 2017
Black or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
Monroe15%12%6%
Rochester16%14%7%

Source: Monroe County Department of Public Health
Notes: Percentage of babies born with a birthweight < 5.5 pounds.




Number of Babies Born with Low Birth Weights by Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County, 2017
Black or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
Monroe256122278
Rochester21610245

Source: Monroe County Department of Public Health




Babies Born with Low Birth Weights by Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County, 2000
Black or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
Monroe15%7%6%

Source: Monroe County Department of Public Health
Notes: Percentage of babies born with a birthweight < 5.5 pounds.




Number of Babies Born with Low Birth Weights by Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County, 2000
Black or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
Monroe28054305

Source: Monroe County Department of Public Health







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