Premature Birth Leading Cause of Infant Mortality

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BSNtobe2009

Specializes in Looking for a career in NICU.

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 preemie...no wonder the rate has gone up.

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