Avoid Preterm Birth

Did you know excellent nutrition, prenatal care, and parents becoming educated about pregnancy can help prevent preterm birth?

Preterm birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. In 2016, preterm birth affected about 1 of every 10 infants born in the United States. Preterm birth rates decreased from 2007 to 2014, and CDC research shows that this decline is due, in part, to declines in the number of births to teens and young mothers. However, the preterm birth rate rose for the second straight year in 2016.  Babies born too early (especially before 32 weeks) have higher rates of death and disability.  (See more at the CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pretermbirth.htm)

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