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Semin Perinatol. 2017 Nov;41(7):387-391. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2017.07.009. Epub 2017 Sep 1.

Epidemiology of preterm birth.

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1
Department of OBGYN, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY. Electronic address: sp3511@cumc.columbia.edu.
2
Department of OBGYN, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY.

Abstract

Preterm birth is a worldwide epidemic with a global incidence of 15 million per year. Though rates of preterm birth in the United States have declined over the last decade, nearly 1 in 10 babies is still born preterm. The incidence, gestational age, and underlying etiology of preterm birth is highly variable across different racial and ethnic groups and geographic boundaries. In this article, we review the epidemiology of preterm birth in the United States and globally, with a focus on temporal trends and racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities.

KEYWORDS:

epidemiology; global health; prematurity; preterm birth; racial disparity

PMID:
28865982
DOI:
10.1053/j.semperi.2017.07.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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