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Cheryl Bird, RN

Preterm Birth Top Cause of US Infant Mortality

By November 11, 2009

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Last month, the Centers for Disease Control sent a strong message to healthcare providers and healthcare reformists - preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks gestation) is the leading cause of infant mortality in the US. As many as 1 in 8 infants in the US are born early, a statistic that's higher than most other developed countries. Some possible reasons for the high rates of prematurity in the US  include lack of healthcare coverage to poor pregnant women, higher rates of multiple births due to assisted reproduction (think Octo-Mom and Jon and Kate), and health problems such as obesity and smoking.

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