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Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive decision-making that strengthens communities in Southeast Michigan.

Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 3: Place and Race Together

This is the third in a three-part blog series examining correlates of low birth weight in babies born in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in Detroit, Wayne County outside of Detroit, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Low birth weight (LBW), defined as 2500 grams or less[1], is a significant contributor to Detroit’s alarmingly high [Read on...]

Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 2: Does Place Matter?

This is the second in a three-part series examining correlates of low birth weight in babies born in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in Detroit, Wayne County outside of Detroit, Oakland County, and Macomb County. Low birth weight (LBW), defined as 2500 grams or less[1], is a significant contributor to Detroit’s alarmingly high infant mortality rate.[2] [Read on...]

Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 1: Detroit

In an influential January 30, 2014 Detroit News article entitled “Detroit is Deadliest City for Children,” the author, Karen Bouffard, wrote, “In 2010, Detroit (population about 713,000) and Cleveland (population about 390,000) had the highest infant mortality rates of Big City America: 13.5 deaths for every 1,000 live births — higher than [Read on...]

The Economic Impact of the Recession on Birth Trends

by Kurt Metzger, Director

According to new preliminary numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. birth rate dipped in 2011 to the lowest ever recorded, led by a plunge in births to immigrant women since the onset of the Great Recession.

The overall U.S. birth rate, [Read on...]