A new study by the World Health Organization released this month reports that preterm birth rates are on the rise around the world. The causes of these premature births and the reasons for their rate increase are multifactorial and location specific. In the US, despite advances in prenatal care, the preterm birth rate is among the highest at 12%, with over half a million babies born premature each year. This study highlights the need to further understand pregnancy and the mechanisms that keep the mother and baby healthy.
Click on the links for a copy of the report from the WHO and an interactive map on the March of Dimes website.