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 Infections

Statistics on infection and premature infants

Stats on the infection

  • As many as 65% of infants with birth weights less than 1000 g (extremely low birth weight) have at least one infection during their initial hospitalisation.

  • Hospital acquired infections affect up to 40% of infants in neonatal intensive care unit (NICUs)

  • Preterm infants who are in more severe critical clinical condition on admission to the NICU have almost a two-fold increase in the risk of contracting a hospital acquired infection.

  • The mortality related to necrotizing entereocolitis (NEC) in extremely preterm infants (less than 1000grams) is approximately 40-50%

  • Infants who weigh less than 1000 g at birth have the highest attack rates. This rate dramatically drops to 3.8 per 1000 live births for infants who weigh 1501-2500 g at birth.

  • Rates of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) drop dramatically for infants born after 35-36 weeks' gestational weeks of age.

  • The average age of onset has been reported to be
    20.2 days for babies born at less than 30 weeks' gestational age,
    13.8 days for babies born at 31-33 weeks' gestational age, and
    5.4 days for babies born after 34 weeks' gestation.
(Auriti et al., 2003; Moro et al., 1996)




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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