One in Eight Babies Born Preterm in 2010

Posted March 4, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Premature Babies

In 2010, 12% — or 478,790 births — were preterm (i.e., before 37 weeks of gestation). In the same year, 8% of infants had low birth weights. Premature birth and low birth weight increase the likelihood that infants will experience developmental problems, short- and long-term disabilities and increased risk of death in the first year. Babies born in Mississippi are the most likely to be born preterm at 18%

Preterm Births (Percentage) 2010

See the Health section of the KIDS COUNT Data Center for data for the nation, states and the District of Columbia:

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