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) Utah and U.S., 1990-2012
2012 U.S. data is preliminary.
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.
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
Number of live born infants born less than 37 weeks gestation.
Total number of live births.
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Published on 12/16/2013
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