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Location: Alabama
Topic: Distribution of gestational age categories
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Distribution of gestational age categories: Alabama, 2015

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• In Alabama in 2015, 2.1% of live births were very preterm, 9.6% were moderately preterm and 88.3% were not preterm. 
• In 2016, 1 in 8 babies (12.0% of live births) was born preterm in Alabama. 

March of Dimes 2020 Goal

  • Reduce preterm births to no more than 8.1% of live births.
  • For more information, see here.

Healthy people 2020

  • Preterm births: reduce to no more than 11.4% of live births.
  • Very preterm births: reduce to no more than 1.8% of live births.


  • Not preterm is greater than or equal to 37 weeks gestation.
  • Preterm is less than 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Very preterm is less than 32 weeks.
  • Moderately preterm is 32-36 completed weeks of gestation.


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved March 21, 2018, from