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Low birthweight among singleton deliveries: United States, 2004-2014

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• In 2014, the low birthweight rate among singletons (one baby) in the United States was 6.2%. 
• While the overall low birthweight rate in the United States declined more than 1% between 2004 and 2014, the percentage of singleton infants born low birthweight declined more than 1%. 

Healthy people 2020

  • Low birthweight: reduce to no more than 7.8% of live births.


  • Low birthweight is less than 2500 grams (5 1/2 pounds).


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved January 19, 2018, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.