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Globally preterm birth accounts for over 9.5% of all births.  This means that over 13 million babies are born too soon every year.


90% of Preemies survive

Thirty years ago less than 25% of the tiniest preemies were surviving, now almost 90% survive.  Learning about preterm birth can help increase awareness of the unique needs of preemies and their families.

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Survival rates of Preemie Infants

The with survival rates and outcomes for preemies continually improving it is still important to identify the issues that come with being premature.

In general the incidence of preterm birth is increasing. Some countries have maintained a rate of preterm birth and others have continued to increase. The increase in the rate of premature birth can be attributed to several reasons ranging from IVF use to Socioecnomic status.

Survival Rates of Premmie Babies

Survival rates are always increasing across all preemies. With medical advancements the age of viability is lowering and survival of even the smallest preemies is improving. With the increased survival rates are also the increase of conditions associated with premature birth.

Survival Rates of premmie babies in the United States of America

Survival Rates

  • Between January 1997 and December 2002: 85% of preterm infants survived to discharge
  • 501 – 750 g = 55%
  • 1250 – 1500 g = 96%

Survival Rates of premmie babies in United Kingdom

General Incidence

The EPICure Study was established in 1995 to determine the chances of survival and later health status by following up children who were born in the United Kingdom and Ireland at less than 26 weeks gestational age during a 10 month period in that year.

  • At 25 weeks - 75%
  • 24 weeks - 60%
  • < 24 weeks - 45%

Survival Rates of premmie babies in Australia

Survival Rates

  • 1970s ELBW - 25%
  • 1990s ELBW - 72%
  • 1990 VLBW greater than 90%
{Doyle & Anderson, 2005; Doyle et al., 1999; Meadow, Lee, Lin, & Lantos, 2004; Wilson-Costello, Friedman, Minich, Fanaroff, & Hack, 2005}



AlbertEinstein_iconOne of the greatest minds in history, Albert Einstein was born preterm.

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Preemie, Premmie, or Prem?

Most babies spend between 38 and 42 weeks in their mother’s uterus. So, technically a preterm birth, preemie, premmie, or prem, is an infant who is born less than 37 completed gestational weeks. 

Read More: Defining Preterm birth



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