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 U.S.; they are also a major contributor to infant mortality. On average, 6.15 out of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S. dies before their first birthdays, giving the U.S. one of the highest rates of infant mortality among industrialized nations.
How We’re Helping
Through multiple projects, we have worked to develop, implement and evaluate sustainable approaches to improving systems of care that contribute to infant mortality rates.