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                        SELECTED MATERNAL AND INFANT EVENTS                                                 
                                ARKANSAS 1996 - 2000                                                                

                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                              1996           1997           1998           1999           2000                 
BIRTH EVENTS                                                                                                   
                             No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate             
                                                                                                               
Total Births              36,356  14.1   36,455  14.0   36,831  14.0   36,672  13.8   37,790  14.1             
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                             No.  Pct       No.  Pct       No.  Pct       No.  Pct       No.  Pct              
Race of Mother                                                                                                 
  White                   27,696  76.2   27,815  76.3   28,029  76.1   28,107  76.6   28,704  76.0             
  Black                    7,897  21.7    7,815  21.4    7,968  21.6    7,658  20.9    7,944  21.0             
  Other                      742   2.0      797   2.2      797   2.2      823   2.2    1,106   2.9             
                                                                                                               
Age of Mother                                                                                                  
  15-19                    7,016  19.3    6,823  18.7    6,680  18.1    6,419  17.5    6,399  16.9             
  35+                      2,448   6.7    2,505   6.9    2,705   7.3    2,726   7.4    2,692   7.1             
                                                                                                               
Unmarried Mother          12,157  33.4   12,248  33.6   12,910  35.1   12,905  35.2   13,512  35.8             
                                                                                                               
Birth Order 4+             3,164   8.7    3,319   9.1    3,412   9.3    3,497   9.5    3,750   9.9             
                                                                                                               
<12 Years Education        8,257  22.7    8,292  22.7    8,329  22.6    8,226  22.4    8,597  22.7             
                                                                                                               
Prenatal Care                                                                                                  
  First Trimester         26,604  73.2   26,924  73.9   27,982  76.0   28,314  77.2   29,421  77.9             
  Third or None            2,426   6.7    2,078   5.7    1,825   5.0    1,717   4.7    1,832   4.8             
                                                                                                               
Low Birthweight                                                                                                
  Total                    3,078   8.5    3,033   8.3    3,270   8.9    3,151   8.6    3,236   8.6             
  White                    1,953   7.1    1,984   7.1    2,112   7.5    2,076   7.4    2,052   7.1             
  Black                    1,077  13.6      989  12.7    1,110  13.9      989  12.9    1,095  13.8             
  Other                       47   6.3       59   7.4       45   5.6       77   9.4       87   7.9             
                                                                                                               
Out of Hospital Birth        347   1.0      372   1.0      392   1.1      375   1.0      395   1.0             
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
DEATH EVENTS                                                                                                   
                             No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate      No.  Rate             
Fetal Deaths                                                                                                   
  Arkansas                   293   8.0      281   7.6      232   6.3      254   6.9      268   7.0             
  United States                    6.9            6.8            6.7             .              .              
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
Neonatal Deaths                                                                                                
  Arkansas                   204   5.6      185   5.1      211   5.7      187   5.1      183   4.8             
  United States                    4.8            4.8            4.8            4.7            4.6             
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
Perinatal Deaths                                                                                               
  Arkansas                   497  13.6      466  12.7      443  12.0      441  11.9      451  11.9             
  United States                    7.4            7.3            7.2             .              .              
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
Postneonatal Deaths                                                                                            
  Arkansas                   133   3.7      131   3.6      128   3.5      125   3.4      132   3.5             
  United States                    2.5            2.5            2.4            2.3            2.3             
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
Infant Deaths                                                                                                  
  Arkansas                   337   9.3      316   8.7      339   9.2      312   8.5      315   8.3             
  United States                    7.3            7.2            7.2            7.1            6.9             
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
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