Low Birth Weight Rates - Statistics

Low birth weight is associated with negative outcomes for babies, both during infancy and later in life.

The proportion of low birth weight babies in Niagara has slightly increased since 2010, whereas the proportion in Ontario has remained stable.

In 2015, 91.6 per cent of babies born in Niagara were considered to be a normal birth weight.

Births Weights in Niagara

Niagara Birth Weights 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Low birth weight (<2500g) 5.4 5.7 5.9 5.7 6.1
Normal birth weight (2500-4499g) 92.5 92.1 91.5 92.0 91.6
High birth weight (4500+g) 2.0 2.1 2.6 2.3 2.3

Source: Inpatient Discharges 2011-2015, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, IntelliHEALTH ONTARIO, Data extracted Feb. 2016.

Birth Weights in Ontario

Ontario Birth Weights 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Low birth weight (<2500g) 6.7 6.6 6.6 6.6 6.7
Normal birth weight (2500-4499g) 91.7 91.8 91.7 91.7 91.7
High birth weight (4500+g) 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6

Source: Inpatient Discharges 2011-2015, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, IntelliHEALTH ONTARIO, Data extracted Feb. 2016.

Overall, the percentage of births in Niagara that have low, normal and high birth weights are very similar to Ontario.


Related: Pregnancy Rates, Teen Pregnancy Rates


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