Change Indicator

Low birth-weight in Wisconsin

Low birth-weight

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Why This Indicator Matters

Babies born at low birth-weight are more likely to have health complications, such as difficulty feeding and gaining weight.
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Definition and Source



Low birth-weight is defined as a birth in which the newborn child weighs less than 5.5 pounds (2,500 grams). Incidences greater than 0 and less than 5 are often not reported, and instead are listed as N.A. (not available).

The percentages are calculated by the Department of Health Services.

Data Source

Data are from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Health, Center for Health Statistics WISH data system:

Last Updated

December 2022