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Demographic and Health Characteristics of Births

The following table shows the number of births, prenatal care, number of preterm infants, and the number of low birthweight infants, according to the race of the mother in 2012.

Characteristic All races White
(non-Hispanic)
Black
(non-Hispanic)
American
Indian
Asian or
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
origin
Number of births 3,952,841 2,999,820 634,126 46,093 272,802 907,677
Weight gain of less than 11 lbs 8.5% 7.8% 12.9% 12.3% 6.0% 9.6%
Weight gain of more than 40 lbs 21.1 21.7 21.0 21.3 15.0 16.7
Diabetes during pregnancy 5.9 5.6 5.3 8.0 9.9 6.3
Preterm infant1 11.5 10.7 16.2 13.3 10.2 11.6
Low birthweight infant2 8.0 7.0 12.8 7.6 8.2 7.0
Very low birthweight infant2 1.41.2 2.8 1.3 1.1 1.2
1. Percent of births less than 37 completed weeks of gestation.
2. Low birthweight is birthweight of less than 2,500 grams (5 lb 8 oz). Very low birthweight is birthweight of less than 1,500 grams (3 lb 4 oz).
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports. Web: www.cdc.gov/nchs .

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