A report shows that the preterm birth rates in the United States are on the rise for the third year in a row، as the Technical Times said.
This is a concerning trend because babies born prematurely are more at risk of developmental problems and developmental delays later in life.
Report On Preterm Births A report by nonprofit organization March of Dimes shows a rise in preterm birth rates in the United States for the third year in a row. Specifically، data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention show that from the 2016 preterm birth rate of 9.85 percent، the 2017 preterm birth rate rose to 9.93 percent.
While this may not seem like such a significant increase at first glance، the senior director of applied research and evaluation at March of Dimes، Becky Russel، states that this number amounts to thousands of babies born prematurely each year. In fact، the trend shows that about 27،000 babies were born prematurely since 2014. Furthermore، the three years in which birth rates continuously increased actually followed nearly a decade of decline from 2007 to 2015.
The states with the highest preterm birth rates were Mississippi with 13.6 percent and Louisiana with 12.7 percent. Vermont had the lowest preterm birth rate at 7.5 percent، while Puerto Rico and three other states actually saw a decline in preterm birth rates.