Preterm births

Updated 6/18/19

Premature or preterm births (less than 37 weeks of gestation) are the leading cause of death among newborn babies, and are significantly correlated to low birthweight babies with significant healthcare issues to overcome at high hospital and healthcare cost overtime.  The March of Dimes estimated in 2005 that babies born preterm cost on average $51,600.

According to the National Kids Count data center, Nevada ranked 41st in the country in preterm births in 2004; improving to 38th in the 2014.  Nevada ranked 42nd for prenatal care in the Americas’ Health Rankings: Prenatal Care, 2013 Edition.


CDC’s National Vital Statistics Reports, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS);

National Health Indicators (for country data)

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