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BIRTHS: About 10 percent of the 4 million births each year in U.S. are premature

The federal government collects statistics on all births in the United States.  Here are data for 2014 for premature births:

  • 3,988,076 total births in the United States
  • 381,321 (or about 10 percent of all births) were preterm (under 37 weeks gestational age)
  • Of those, 27,320 (or less than 1 percent of all births) were the most preterm (under 28 weeks gestational age)

The data are also presented according to birthweight:

  • 8 percent of all births in the United States in 2014 were LOW birthweight
  • 1.4 percent of all births were VERY LOW birthweight

Also interesting is PLACE OF BIRTH:

  • 3,988,076 total
  • 3,928,272 in the hospital
  •      38,094 at home
  •      18,219 freestanding birthing center

Source: Hamilton, B.E., Martin, J.A., Osterman, M.J.K., and others. (2015, Dec. 23). Births: Final data for 2014. National Vital Statistics Report. 64(12), 50, 53.  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_12.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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