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Indicator Report - Preterm Birth

Why Is This Important?

Preterm birth is the leading cause of perinatal death in otherwise normal newborns. Babies born preterm also have increased risks for long term morbidities and often require intensive care after birth. Average hospital stays for preterm infants without complications are three times longer than a term infant, and for a preterm birth with complications, hospital stays are over eight times longer. The March of Dimes estimates that each preterm birth carries a cost of $51,600 for medical care, early intervention services, and special education.

Preterm Births (Less Than 37 Weeks Gestation) by Race, Utah, 2012

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Data Notes

2012 U.S. data is preliminary.

Data Sources

Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health. National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Definition

The number of live births under 37 weeks gestation divided by the total number of live births over the same time period.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of live born infants born less than 37 weeks gestation.
Denominator: Total number of live births.

Page Content Updated On 12/16/2013, Published on 12/16/2013
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Content updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:17:46 MST