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 heart

Stats on the heart relating to premature infants

Stats on the heart

  • Cardiovascular malformations occur in 6 to 8 infants in every 1000 births.
  • Preterm infants have more than twice as many cardiovascular malformations than infants born at term
  • 1 in 6 infants with cardiovascular malformations is born preterm.
  • The incidence of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in preterm infants have ranged from 18% to 77% and generally decreases with increasing birth weight and gestational age.
  • In term infants, the incidence is about 1 in 2000 births
  • The female-to-male ratio is 2:1. Females are 2-3 times more likely than males to develop PDA.
(Koch et al., 2006; Tanner, Sabrine, & Wren, 2005; Vanhaesebrouck et al., 2007)




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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