According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal deaths and the most common reason for antenatal hospitalization.1 Preterm birth is responsible for 36% of all infant deaths — more than any other cause. Approximately 25–50% of long-term neurological impairment cases in children result from preterm birth.1
Since reaching a historical peak of 12.8% in 2006, preterm birth rates declined year over year to 9.57% as of 2014.2 It increased slightly from 2014 to a rate of 9.63% in 2015.2 It remains above 11% in Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana and West Virginia and higher than 13% in Mississippi.2
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