Preterm birth is defined as a live birth before 37 completed weeks gestation. Some other classifications of preterm births include late preterm (34-36 weeks), moderately preterm (32-36 weeks) and very preterm (<32 weeks). These classifications are useful because they often correspond to clinical characteristics - increasing morbidities or illnesses with decreasing gestational age. Babies born too soon are often born too small. While the causes of preterm birth and low birthweight may be different in some cases, there is significant overlap within these populations of infants.
| ||In 2013, 1 in 6 babies (17.0% of live births) was born preterm in Memphis.|
| ||Between 2003 and 2013, the rate of infants born preterm in Memphis increased nearly 12%.|
| ||The rate of preterm birth in Memphis is highest for black infants (18.8%), followed by Hispanics (12.8%), whites (10.9%) and Asians (8.8%).|
| ||Compared with singleton births (one baby), multiple births in Memphis were about 4 times as likely to be preterm in 2013.|
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March of Dimes 2020 Goal
Reduce preterm births to no more than 9.6% of live births.
For more information, see here.
Healthy people 2020
Preterm births: reduce to no more than 11.4% of live births.
National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
Retrieved November 30, 2015, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.