Selected Health Indicators in North Dakota
Birth Indicators

Low Birth Weight

Year 2000 Goal:
Reduce the percentage of
low birth weight infants (less than
5.5 pounds) to no more than
5.0 percent.

North Dakota 1990-1994:
5 percent

TREND - Percentage of North Dakota Resident Infant Low Birth
Weight Births (Percent of live births)

First Trimester Prenatal Care

Year 2000 Goal:
Increase the percentage of women who enter prenatal care during their first trimester to at least 90 percent.

North Dakota 1990-1994:
82 percent

Teens are least likely to seek early prenatal care.

TREND - Percentage of North Dakota Mothers Who Enter
Prenatal Care During First Trimester

Infant Mortality

Year 2000 Goal:
Reduce the infant mortality rate to less than 7 deaths per 1,000 live births.

North Dakota Deaths 1990-1994:
7.8 per 1,000 live births

TREND - North Dakota Infant Mortality Rate

More than half of all infant deaths occur within the first 28 days of life.

Infant mortality rates are highest among low birth weight babies.

Risk Factors for Low Birth Weight:


Substance abuse

Late prenatal care

Younger and older maternal age

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Last Updated: Thursday, May 23, 1996, 11:06:00 AM
Allen Johnson - ND Health Dept. DP Coordinator -