U.S. preterm birth rate 1990-2018

This statistic depicts the percentage of births that were preterm births in the United States from 1990 to 2018. In 1990, some 10.6 percent of all births in the United States were preterm births. A preterm birth means that a child was delivered after less than 37 weeks of gestation.

Percentage of preterm births in the United States from 1990 to 2018*

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Source

Release date

November 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Births of less than 37 completed weeks of gestation.
Figures from 2007 to 2016 represent births of less than 37 completed weeks of gestation based on the obstetric estimate of gestation.

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