The cost to business

Premature birth is birth that happens too soon, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. 

Babies born this early may have more health problems at birth and need to stay in the hospital longer than babies born later. They also may have long-term health problems that can affect their development, education and ability to work later in life. 

How does premature birth affect business?

Premature birth has a major impact on society overall and business in particular. About 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely in the United States each year. Expenses for childbirth and newborn care make up a large part of what employers pay in health insurance costs. To learn more about the financial effects of premature birth on business, see our Premature birth: The financial impact on business (.PDF, 459KB). 

How does Healthy Babies Healthy Business help women have healthy pregnancies?

With 1.7 million women in the workforce having a baby each year, employers can do much to help moms and moms-to-be and increase profitability. The March of Dimes Healthy Babies Healthy Business® program is available at no cost to employers looking to help improve pregnancy outcomes within their workforce.  It takes less than 5 minutes for employers to set up their site and give employees access to the program. Join the hundreds of organizations that are helping working moms to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. The March of Dimes recommends 14 standards to support maternal and child health in the workplace (.PDF, 677KB).

Last reviewed: October, 2015