Born Too Soon and Too Small in Florida

In an Average Week in Florida
babies are born
babies are
born very preterm
babies are born
low birthweight
babies are born
very low birthweight

Preterm and Low Birthweight Births in Florida
  1992 2002 2010 US Objective
Preterm 11.5% 13.0% 7.6%
Low Birthweight 7.4% 8.4% 5.0%
  • In 2002, there were 26,609 preterm births in Florida, representing 13.0% of live births.
  • Between 1992 and 2002, the rate of infants born preterm in Florida increased 13%.
  • During 2000-2002 (average) in Florida, the preterm birth rate was highest for black infants (17.7%), followed by Native Americans (13.1%), Hispanics (11.4%), Asians (11.2%) and whites (11.2%).
  • In 2001, charges for hospital stays for infants with any diagnosis of prematurity was estimated at $13.6 billion.
  • In the US, infants born to mothers less than 20 or over 35 years are more likely than infants born to mothers 20-35 to be preterm.
  • Some risk factors for preterm birth and low birthweight include: previous preterm and/or low birthweight birth, multiple birth, smoking, unplanned pregnancy, infections and poor nutrition.
March of Dimes National Prematurity Campaign - The Mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Prematurity/low birthweight is the leading cause of death in the first month of life. In addition to mortality, prematurity is a major determinant of illness and disability among infants, including developmental delays, chronic respiratory problems, and vision and hearing impairment. To address this growing problem, the March of Dimes has committed to a five-year national prematurity research, awareness, and education campaign to help families have healthier babies. For information on the signs and symptoms of preterm labor contact the pregnancy & newborn health education center at askus@marchofdimes.com or visit http://www.marchofdimes.com/.
  • Preterm refers to births occurring before the 37th week of pregnancy.
  • Very preterm is less than 32 weeks.
  • Low birthweight infants weigh less than 2500 grams or 5 pounds.
  • Very low birthweight infants weigh less than 1500 grams or 3 1/3 pounds.
  • Rates by race are for non-Hispanics.
  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Agency for Heathcare Research and Quality, National Inpatient Sample, 2001.
  • 2010 rates based on US Healthy People Objectives.

    For additional perinatal statistics visit: http://www.marchofdimes.com/peristats/
June 2004
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