Hawaii's infant mortality rate in line with nation

HONOLULU (AP) - State health officials say Hawaii's infant mortality rate, low birth weight rate and prematurity rate are well within national averages.

However, they add the island rates haven't improved over the past 10 years and in some cases there have been slight downward trends over time.

The Department of Health's Family Health Services Division has released its recently completed Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Trend Report.

The surveillance project of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during and after pregnancy.

Among its findings, the report says 16 percent of pregnant women in Hawaii are obese prior to conception.

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