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Shows the percentage of births with less than 37 weeks of completed gestation. Each year, preterm birth affects nearly 500,000 babies €”that's 1 of every 8 infants born in the United States. Preterm birth is the birth of an infant prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm-related causes of death together accounted for 35% of all infant deaths in 2009, more than any other single cause. Preterm birth is also a leading cause of long-term neurological disabilities in children. Preterm birth costs the U.S. health care system more than $26 billion in 2005.
Measurement Period: 2016
HP 2020 Target:Healthy People 2020 target: Reduce the total pre-term births to 11.4%.
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