Indicator Profile of Very 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. The more preterm an infant is born, the more severe the health problems are likely to be.
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.
Very Preterm Singleton Births by County of Residence, New Jersey, 2005-2009
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 32 weeks of gestation
Infants born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are considered preterm and those born before 32 weeks of pregnancy are considered very preterm. 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 05/24/13, Published on 05/24/13