The rate of preterm births in the United States is a growing public health problem. Premature births, defined as births occurring before 37 weeks of gestation, account for 11.55 percent of all births in the US; they are also a major contributor to infant mortality. On average, 6.15 out of every 1,000 babies born in the US dies before his or her first birthday, giving the US one of the highest rates of infant mortality of all industrialized nations.
What NICHQ is Doing
Through multiple projects, NICHQ has worked to develop, implement and evaluate sustainable approaches to improving systems of care that contribute to infant mortality rates.