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Low birth-weight in Wisconsin

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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



These data represent the number and percent of babies born at low birth-weights. 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. These data may have been influenced by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in 2020.

Data Source

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

Last Updated

October 2023