Status: Getting worse

  
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Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
10.2 percent (2019)

Target:
9.4 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

Baseline:
10.0 percent of live births were preterm in 2018

Reduce preterm births

Target-Setting Method
Projection

Summary

Infants born before 37 weeks of gestation have a higher risk of infections, developmental problems, breathing problems, and even death. Preterm births are more common in some racial/ethnic groups. Strategies to reduce preterm births include promoting adequate birth spacing, helping women quit smoking, and providing high-quality medical care for women during pregnancy.