Vital statistics including birth record data can be important barometers of health. Significant trends in vital statistics influence policy development, program/research funding and etc. The Hawaii-IBIS birth record data is composed of variables extracted from birth certificates from live births as captured by the Hawaii State Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring (OHSM). The birth record contains important information about the birth, the baby and the parents. Here are some highlights from the 2018 Birth Record data:
- 17,026 babies were born in Hawaii to mothers who were Hawaii residents. Of those, 12,564 were born in Oahu, 2,095 in Hawaii, 1,621 in Maui, 724 in Kauai, and 22 in Molokai.
- 8.2% babies were low birth weight (weighing less than 2500 grams) and 6.7% were high birth weight (4000 grams or more).
- 66% of mothers who had live births began prenatal care in the first trimester.
- 4% of mothers who had live births did not receive any prenatal care.
- About 90% of mothers who received prenatal care delivered their babies at term compared to only 64% of mothers who did not receive any prenatal care.
- Teen births (births to mothers 15-19 years) decreased for the tenth consecutive year comprising less than 4% of all births
- Mothers aged between 30-34 years were more likely to have twins than any other 5 year age group.