Status: Getting worse
Most Recent Data:
10.5 percent (2021)
10.0 percent of live births were preterm in 2018
Reduce preterm births
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.
Workgroup: Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Workgroup