March of Dimes calls for 50 percent reduction in preterm births by 2030

November 03, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 3, 2014 - The March of Dimes is calling for a nationwide effort to reduce U.S. preterm births to 5.5 percent of all live births by 2030. Seven other developed countries already have preterm birth rates below 6 percent, and 15 have rates below 7 percent.

The U.S. rate of 11.4 percent in 2013 is one of the highest. The U.S. ranked 37th out of 39 high resource countries in 2010.

"The United States spends more money per capita on health care than almost any other country in the world, and yet our premature birth rate and our infant mortality rate are among the highest." says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. "The U.S. should aspire to be among the best globally in preterm birth rates and give all our children a healthy beginning."

Writing in an article in Pediatrics published online today, Dr. Howse and her coauthors assert that the goal can be achieved by optimal use of known interventions and by studying countries with better outcomes. Interventions and risk reduction strategies known to prevent premature birth include:The authors also call for expanded funding for research to discover the unknown causes of premature birth and identify new interventions. The March of Dimes is funding a network of Prematurity Research Centers that currently include Stanford University, and a consortium of universities in Ohio including University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University. Two new research centers will be announced later this month.

Premature birth (before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy) is a serious health problem that costs the United States more than $26 billion annually, according to the Institute of Medicine. It is the leading cause of newborn death. Babies who survive an early birth face a higher risk than babies born full term of lifetime health challenges, such as cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments and intellectual disabilities.

About 450,000 babies were born too soon in 2013 in the United States out of nearly four million live births. Had the US achieved a rate of 5.5 percent in 2013, the number of babies born preterm could have been reduced by half. A rate of 5.5 percent would move the U.S. ranking to the top 10 percent of high resource countries.
-end-
The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

March of Dimes Foundation

Related Premature Birth Articles from Brightsurf:

Historical redlining linked to premature births, lower birth weight babies
Adverse birth outcomes -- including premature births, low birth weight babies and babies who are small for their gestational age -- are more likely to occur in neighborhoods that were once redlined, finds a new study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers.

Complications of premature birth decline in California, Stanford-led study finds
California's most vulnerable premature babies are now healthier when they go home from the hospital, according to a new study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative.

First pregnancy complications linked to increased risk of future premature birth
Women whose first baby is born at full term, but who experience complications in pregnancy, have an increased risk of preterm delivery (before 37 weeks) in their next pregnancy, finds a study from Norway published by The BMJ today.

Premature birth linked to the mother's vaginal microbiome
Pregnant women who deliver early are more likely to have a varied vaginal microbiome, especially in their first trimester.

Breast milk could help prevent heart disease caused by premature birth, RCSI study
Early use of breast milk could play a vital role in preventing heart disease in prematurely born infants, according to a paper led by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and the Rotunda Hospital.

Stress, plastic additives in late pregnancy raise risk of premature birth
Women exposed simultaneously to stress and plastic additives late in pregnancy are at increased risk for premature birth, according to a study by Rutgers and other institutions.

House move during early pregnancy linked to heightened premature birth risk
Moving house during the first three months of pregnancy is linked to a heightened risk of premature birth and low birthweight as well as a slightly higher risk of a smaller than expected size baby, finds US research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

UW study: House move during early pregnancy linked to heightened premature birth risk
Moving to a new residence during the first three months of pregnancy is linked to a heightened risk of premature birth and low birthweight, as well as a slightly higher risk of a smaller-than-expected-size baby, according to new research from the University of Washington published online today in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Premature birth linked to increased risk of chronic kidney disease into later life
Preterm and early term birth are strong risk factors for the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) from childhood into mid-adulthood, suggests a study from Sweden published by The BMJ today.

Study identifies possible causes of and protectors against premature birth
Seven types of bacteria and certain immune factors in a woman's vagina and cervix may be responsible for increasing the risk of spontaneous preterm birth (sPTB) or protect against it, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Read More: Premature Birth News and Premature Birth Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.