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Low birth-weight babies in Louisiana

Low birth-weight babies

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
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Definition and Source



Number- live births weighing less than 2,500 grams (5.5 pounds).
Percent - live births with birthweight less than 2,500 grams per 100 live births.

Data Source

Live births 2001-2021: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics, Louisiana Department of Health.


LNE (Low Number Event) - numbers are not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period. Rates based on fewer than 20 events were not reported prior to 2015.

Updated December 21, 2022.

Last Updated

December 2022