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Very Low Birth Weight Among Infants, by Maternal Race/Ethnicity, 1990–2008*

Percent of infants for:

  • Non-Hispanic Blacks increased from approximately 2.8 to 3.0
  • All Races increased from approximately 1.3 to 1.5
  • American Indian/Alaska Natives increased from approximately 1.0 to 1.3
  • Asian/Pacific Islanders increased from approximately 1.0 to 1.2
  • Non-Hispanic Whites increased from approximately 0.9 to 1.2
  • Hispanics increased from approximately 1.0 to 1.2

* Data for 2008 are preliminary.

Source I.8: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System

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