Premature Birth Leading Cause of Infant Mortality

  1. CHICAGO (Reuters) - Premature births accounted for more than one-third of U.S. infant deaths in 2002, twice what was previously reported, making it the leading cause of infant mortality, government researchers said on Monday.
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  3. by   BSNtobe2009
    The most disturbing part of that article...was the RATE of premature births were actually increasing....why is this in a country where we probably have the best prenatal care?

    The only thing I can think of is that because the level of survival for preemies is amazing compared to just a few years ago, I am wondering if this is due to doctors choosing to deliver rather than waiting and taking chances with difficult pregnancies.

    Also, having 37 weeks as a marker to define a baby that is and isn't a wonder the rate has gone up.