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                        SELECTED MATERNAL AND INFANT EVENTS                                      
                                ARKANSAS 1965-1985                                                       

                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
                              1965           1970           1975           1980           1985      
BIRTH EVENTS                                                                                        
                             No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate  
                                                                                                    
Total Births              36,746  18.7   35,492  18.5   34,457  16.3   37,278  16.3   35,267  15.2  
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
                             No.   Pct      No.   Pct      No.   Pct      No.   Pct      No.   Pct  
Race of Mother                                                                                      
  White                   25,750  70.1   26,480  74.6   25,454  73.9   27,702  74.3   26,784  75.9  
  Black                   10,996  29.9    8,926  25.1    8,523  24.7    9,215  24.7    8,156  23.1  
  Other                        .    .        86   0.2      480   1.4      361   1.0      308   0.9  
                                                                                                    
Age of Mother                                                                                       
  15-19                    8,568  23.3    8,404  23.7    8,626  25.0    7,877  21.1    6,574  18.6  
  35+                      3,356   9.1    2,064   5.8    1,367   4.0    1,314   3.5    1,520   4.3  
                                                                                                    
Unmarried Mother               .    .     4,522  12.7    5,675  16.5    7,636  20.5    7,913  22.4  
                                                                                                    
Birth Order 4+            11,114  30.2    6,848  19.3    4,429  12.9    3,848  10.3    3,306   9.4  
                                                                                                    
<12 Years Education            .    .         .    .         .    .    11,288  30.3   10,276  29.1  
                                                                                                    
Prenatal Care                                                                                       
  First Trimester              .    .         .    .         .    .    24,752  66.4   23,251  65.9  
  Third or None                .    .         .    .         .    .     2,229   6.0    2,655   7.5  
                                                                                                    
Low Birth Weight**                                                                                  
  Total                    3,154   8.6    2,826   8.0    2,832   8.2    2,834   7.6    2,753   7.8  
  White                    1,850   7.2    1,782   6.7    1,672   6.6    1,636   5.9    1,712   6.4  
  Black                    1,304  11.9    1,036  11.6    1,111  13.0    1,170  12.7    1,010  12.4  
  Other                        .    .         8   9.3       49  10.2       28   7.8       30   9.7  
                                                                                                    
Out-of-Hospital Birth      3,592   9.8    1,150   3.2      436   1.3      334   0.9      503   1.4  
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
DEATH EVENTS                                                                                        
                             No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate  
Fetal Deaths                                                                                        
  Arkansas                   654  17.5      519  14.4      426  12.2      412  10.9      300   8.4  
  United States                   13.4           12.7           12.2           11.5            7.8  
                                                                                                    
Neonatal Deaths                                                                                     
  Arkansas                   583  15.9      550  15.5      446  12.9      284   7.6      249   7.1  
  United States                   17.7           15.1           11.6            8.5            7.0  
                                                                                                    
Perinatal Deaths                                                                                    
  Arkansas                 1,237  33.1    1,069  29.7      872  25.0      696  18.5      549  15.4  
  United States                   33.8           29.3           22.3           17.7           14.8  
                                                                                                    
Postneonatal Deaths                                                                                 
  Arkansas                   362   9.9      215   6.1      179   5.2      188   5.0      165   4.7  
  United States                    7.0            4.9            4.5            4.1            3.7  
                                                                                                    
Infant Deaths                                                                                       
  Arkansas                   945  25.7      765  21.6      625  18.1      472  12.7      414  11.7  
  United States                   24.7           20.0           16.1           12.6           10.6  
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
*Black data for 1965 include all nonwhite births                                                    
**Prior to 1979, birth weight less than 2,501 grams                                                 
Note:  Marital Status data are unavailable prior to 1970                                            
       Mother's Education and Prenatal Care data are unavailable prior to 1980                      

 
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