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- In 2008, 88,679 infants were born to Indiana residents. The number of live births represents a 1.2 percent decrease from 2007 (89,719). For details, see Table 1.
- Of the 88,679 infants born to Indiana residents in 2008, 85,693 were single births, 2,798 were twins, 143 were triplets, 12 were quadruplets, and 5 were quintuplets. (NOTE: See definition of "multiple birth" in the Glossary of Terms).
- During 2008, 45,313 (51.1%) of the infants were male and 43,365 (48.9%) were female, resulting in a sex ratio of 1,045 males per every 1,000 females. For details, see Table 1.
- In 2008, there were 9,715 live births to mothers under 20 years of age–11.0 percent of the total number of live births. Of these, 7,439 were born to white women under age 20 (10.0% of the white births) and 1,964 were born to black women under age 20 (18.7% of the black births). For full age-group details, see Table 2 and Table 3. For by-county details, see Table 29.
- For a large majority of births, both the mother and the father were white (70.6%). Both the mother and father were black for 6.4 percent of births. For 14.9 percent of births, the race of the father was not reported. For details, see Table 10.
- The age-specific birth rate for women ages 15-19 was about 3.1% lower in 2008 (43.7) than in 2007 (45.1) For details, see Table 13. For by-county details, see Table 30.
- The 2008 general fertility rate (GFR) was 69.2 births per 1,000 women ages 15-44 compared to a 2007 GFR of 69.6 per 1,000 women ages 15-44. For details, see Table 13. For by-county details, see Table 31.
- In 2008, the total fertility rate (TFR) was 2,093 for all races combined. This rate is slightly lower than the theoretical replacement level rate of 2,100. The TFRs for white and black women were 2,034 and 2,343, respectively. For details, see Table 13. For by-county details, see Table 31.
- The percentage of liveborn infants classified as low birthweight (LBW = less than 2,500 grams or 5 lb 8 oz) increased from 7.9 percent in 1998 to 8.3 percent in 2008. Infants born to black mothers were almost twice as likely to be LBW (14.1%) than were infants born to white mothers (7.6%) in 2008. For details, see Table 6 and Table 14. For by-county details, see Table 32.
- Approximately 1.4 percent of all liveborn infants were classified as very low birthweight (VLBW = less than 1,500 grams or 3 lb 5 oz). Infants born to black mothers were more than 2.5 times as likely to be VLBW (3.1%) than were infants born to white mothers (1.2%). For details, see Table 15. For by-county details, see Table 32.
- In Indiana, about one fifth (18.5%) of women who gave birth in 2008 reported smoking during pregnancy, the same rate as in 2007. White mothers (19.9%) in Indiana were more likely than black mothers (14.3%) to report smoking during pregnancy in 2008. For details, see Table 20 and Table 21. For by-county details, see Table 32. See Preface for more details concerning certificate revision.
- Statewide, 66.6 percent of mothers began prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy. White mothers were more likely to have early prenatal care (68.9%) than were black mothers (52.6%). For details, see Table 24. For by-county details, see Table 32. See Preface for more details concerning certificate revision.
- Over two fifths (43.3%) of all live births in Indiana in 2008 were to unmarried parents. Significantly more black mothers (79.6%) than white mothers (38.7%) were not married to the infant’s father at the time of the birth. For details, see Table 25. For by-county details, see Table 32.
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