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  1. In 2021, 1 in 10 babies (10.1% of live births) was born preterm in the District of Columbia.
  2. In 2021, 1 in 10 babies (9.6% of live births) was low birthweight in the District of Columbia.
  3. In the District of Columbia in 2019, 45 infants died before reaching their first birthday, an infant mortality rate of 5.0 per 1,000 live births.
  4. In the District of Columbia in 2021, 65.5% of infants were born to women receiving adequate/adequate plus prenatal care.
  5. In the District of Columbia in 2021, 31.1% of live births were cesarean deliveries.
  6. In 2021, about 1 in 35 women of childbearing age (2.9%) was uninsured in the District of Columbia.

In an average week in District of Columbia:

babies are born
babies are born preterm
babies born low birthweight
women received adequate prenatal care

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Preterm Birth

Preterm birth is defined as a live birth before 37 completed weeks gestation. Some other classifications of preterm births include late preterm (34-36 weeks), moderately preterm (32-36 weeks) and very preterm (<32 weeks). These classifications are useful because they often correspond to clinical characteristics - increasing morbidities or illnesses with decreasing gestational age. Babies born too soon are often born too small. While the causes of preterm birth and low birthweight may be different in some cases, there is significant overlap within these populations of infants.

Last updated: January 2022


State summary reports consist of several different reports that the Perinatal Data Center has created in order to use data to tell a story about maternal and child health in your state. While some individual datapoints will overlap, each report has a different focus. These reports may be useful to use for local policy changes or programs.

2022 March of Dimes Report Card
Last updated: November 2022 View
Maternity Care Deserts Report
Last updated: July 2023 View
Prematurity Profile
Last updated: August 2022 View
Birth Defects Profile
Last updated: January 2022 View
Healthy Moms. Strong Babies.
Last updated: January 2019 Download



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