Facts & Figures - a quick look

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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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Statistics on the brain

Statitics on the brain relating to premature babies

Stats on the brain

  • Approximately 20% of very low birth weight infants have moderate to severe white matter abnormality of the brain
  • Cystic periventricular leukomalacia is thought to affect approximately 3-5% of very preterm infants
  • Medical advances have resulted in a large decrease in incidence of intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH) from approximately 30-55% in the 1980s to 2-5%, in 1997
  • Premature babies less than 1,000 g (2 pounds) or less than 28 weeks – 50% to 60% chance of developing IVH
  • Premature babies born less than 1,500 g – 10% to 20% chance of developing IVH
  • Of those preterm babies who develop an IVH;
    • 40% grade 1 (mild bleeds)
    • 30% grade 2,
    • 20% grade 3, and
    • 10% grade 4
(Bowerman, Donn, Silver, & Jaffe, 1984; Hamrick et al., 2004; Inder & Volpe, 2000; Inder, Wells, Mogridge, Spencer, & Volpe, 2003; Volpe, 2001)




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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