- 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
- 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.