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Topic: Preterm
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Preterm: United States, 2014

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• In 2014, 1 in 10 babies (9.6% of live births) was born preterm in the United States. 
• In 2014, there were 381,321 preterm births in the United States, representing 9.6% of live births. 

March of Dimes 2020 Goal

  • For more information, see here.
  • Preterm births: reduce to no more than 8.1% of live births.

Healthy people 2020

  • Preterm births: reduce to no more than 11.4% of live births.


  • Preterm is less than 37 completed weeks gestation.


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved October 21, 2016, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.