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The Baby Book

Vital Statistics

Basic Automated Birth Yearbook
North Carolina Residents, 2021

This report, referred to as The Baby Book, contains tables showing statewide and county counts for 2021 resident live births classified by selected infant and maternal characteristics. This report is prepared and distributed for the use of maternal and child health programs and others interested in birth data.

Baby Book Data

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Definitions and Technical Notes

A live birth is the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of conception irrespective of the duration of pregnancy, which, after such separation, breathes or shows any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or any definite movement of voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached. (Definition adopted by the World Health Organization in 1950.)

An unmarried mother is one who has never been legally married or who has been widowed or legally divorced from her husband for more than 280 days.

Birth order is the sum of all previous deliveries (live births plus other reported terminations, i.e., spontaneous and induced at any time after conception) plus the present live birth.

Birth weight is expressed in grams. A low-weight birth is defined as a live born infant weighing less than 2500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces or less) at birth, regardless of the period of gestation. (Birth Weight Index recommended by the expert group on prematurity of the World Health Organization, 1950.)

Age of mother is her reported age in completed years on her last birthday.

Residence Allocation

Births are assigned to the usual residence of the mother, regardless of the place of occurrence.

Note: Counts and percentages in this report are based on live births filed with the local registrar before April and processed in the state office prior to May of the year following the birth. The number filed subsequently is considered negligible for statistical purposes.

Listing of Cross Tabulations

  • Table 1 - By Age of Mother and Birth Order
  • Table 2 - By Age of Mother and Birth Order According to Marital Status
  • Table 3 - By Age of Mother and Birth Weight in Grams
  • Table 4 - By Education of Mother and Birth Weight in Grams
  • Table 5 - By Month Prenatal Care Began and Education of Mother
  • Table 6 - By Month Prenatal Care Began and Age of Mother
  • Table 7 - By Month Prenatal Care Began and Marital Status of Mother
  • Table 8 - By Month Prenatal Care Began and Birth Order
  • Table 9 - By Month Prenatal Care Began and Birth Weight in Grams
  • Table 10 - By Number of Prenatal Visits and Education of Mother
  • Table 11 - By Number of Prenatal Visits and Age of Mother
  • Table 12 - By Number of Prenatal Visits and Marital Status of Mother
  • Table 13 - By Number of Prenatal Visits and Birth Order
  • Table 14 - By Number of Prenatal Visits and Birth Weight in Grams
  • Table 15 - By Month Prenatal Care Began and Number of Prenatal Visits
  • Table 16 - By Medical History, This Pregnancy and Birth Weight in Grams
  • Table 17 - By Maternal Smoking, This Pregnancy, and Birth Weight in Grams
  • Table 18 - By Maternal Pre-Pregnancy BMI, This Pregnancy, and Birth Weight in Grams
  • Table 19 - By Characteristics of Labor and Delivery and Birth Weight in Grams
  • Table 20 - By Onset of Labor and Birth Weight in Grams
  • Table 21 - By Method of Delivery and Birth Weight in Grams
  • Table 22 - By Conditions of Newborn and Birth Weight in Grams

 


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