Prematurity is defined as a baby born three or more weeks before its due date. (36 – 33 weeks preterm, less then 32 weeks very preterm.)
Did you know:
- In an average week in Colorado 158 babies are born preterm. 23 babies are born very preterm.
- During 2002 in Colorado, there were 8,235 preterm births, representing 12.0% of all live births.
- Prematurity is the leading cause of death in newborns in Colorado.
- Prematurity is the leading contributor to lifelong disabilities for children including developmental delays, chronic respiratory problems, vision & hearing problems and loss.
- National annual cost of providing medical care for premature babies is $13.6 billion.
Important Information to Remember:
- Be aware of the prematurity risk factors and acknowledge that you could be at risk.
- Seek prenatal care early and attend regular prenatal visits.
- Know the warning signs of mature labor:
Menstrual like cramps
Low, dull backache
Change in vaginal discharge
General feeling like something is not right