US preterm birth rate hits Healthy People 2020 goal 7 years early

November 6, 2014 8:02 PM

6 0

US preterm birth rate hits Healthy People 2020 goal 7 years early

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 6, 2014 - The national preterm birth rate fell to 11.4 percent in 2013 - the lowest in 17 years -- meeting the federal Healthy People 2020 goal seven years early. Despite this progress, the U.S. still received a "C" on the 7th annual March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card because it fell short of the more-challenging 9.6 percent target set by the March of Dimes, the group said today.

"Achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal is reason for celebration, but the U.S. still has one of the highest rates of preterm birth of any high resource country and we must change that," said March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse. "We are investing in a network of five prematurity research ...

Read more

To category page

Loading...