Indicator Profile of Preterm Singleton Births
Why Is This Important?Prematurity increases the risk for infant morbidity and mortality. Infants born preterm are at greater risk of dying in the first month of life. Preterm infants may require intensive care at birth and are at higher risk of developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses throughout life. They are more likely to require special education services. Health care costs and length of hospital stay are higher for preterm infants.
There are many health, behavioral, and environmental factors known to increase the risk of preterm birth. Therefore, it is useful to track preterm birth as part of an Environmental Public Health Tracking system.
Preterm Singleton Births by Year, New Jersey, 2000-2010
Data SourcesBirth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health;
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DefinitionPercent of live born singleton infants born before 37 weeks of gestation
Infants born after 37 weeks of pregnancy are called full term. Most pregnancies last around 40 weeks. Singletons are births that are not twins, triplets, or higher order.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 04/25/14, Published on 04/25/14