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Topic: Very low birthweight by maternal age
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Very low birthweight by maternal age: Austin, 2011-2013 Average

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• Maternal age is a risk factor for very low birthweight, with higher rates found among the youngest and oldest mothers. 
• In Austin during 2011-2013 (average), very low birthweight rates were highest for women ages 40 and older (2.2%) and under age 20 (1.7%) , compared to 1.4% for all live births. 

Healthy people 2020

  • Very low birthweight: reduce to no more than 1.4% of live births.


  • Very low birthweight is less than 1500 grams (3 1/3 pounds).


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved November 27, 2015, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.