New prematurity profiles are available for
the United States and every state. These documents provide a brief
summary of prematurity-related statistics and describe some of the
most commonly reported risk factors for preterm labor and birth.
Center’s Latest Research
||In the February
issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Joann Petrini, Ph.D., M.P.H., and colleagues report that nearly 10,000 preterm births could
have been prevented in 2002 if all pregnant women at high risk for a premature birth and eligible for weekly injections of a
derivative of the hormone progesterone had received them. The hormone derivative is known as 17P, short for 17
alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate. The result would have been a reduction in the overall rate of preterm birth (before 37
completed weeks gestation) in the United States of about 2 percent -- from the 2002 rate of 12.1 percent to 11.8 percent --
say Petrini, and colleagues from the March of Dimes, and other institutions that participated in the analysis, including the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Albert
Einstein College of Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center in New York, and the New Jersey and Missouri State Departments of
Health. Click here
for the full press release.
As part of the two-year Information Systems Grant awarded
to the Perinatal Data Center by the National Library of Medicine,
National Institutes of Health, PeriStats now allows users to
search the PubMed/Medline database for literature on nearly fifty
maternal and infant health topics. All searches are predefined,
and have been prepared by the New York Academy of Medicine and
the Perinatal Data Center. Each search, which requires
just one click, has been integrated into the Web site, and appears
on most topic-specific Web pages (e.g., cesarean
sections - see right side of screen) and on the PeriStats home page.
We are pleased to announce this new feature
and hope you find it useful!
The PeriStats Web site now includes updated data on maternal
infections (including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and
congenital syphilis), health
alcohol, smoking and illicit drug use. We are also very excited to announce that the Perinatal Data
Center and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) have
agreed to annually publish state birth defects surveillance data
on the PeriStats Web site. The data, aggregated by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, will emanate from the NBDPN
annual report. We will also include descriptions of, and contacts
for, every birth defects surveillance system in the United States.
We are very excited about the possibilities of this new collaboration,
and we look forward to making this information available to all
of our users in the coming months!
||What is the
Perinatal Data Center?
Data Center is located at the March of Dimes national office in White
Plains, NY. The Perinatal Data Center's role is to acquire and
analyze maternal and infant health data, and to interpret this
information for the March of Dimes and for health professionals,
research groups and organizations external to the March of Dimes.
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve infant health
by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The goal of
the Perinatal Data Center is to clearly present perinatal data,
so that professionals focused on issues related to maternal
and infant health can make more informed decisions to ultimately
improve infant health. To fulfill this objective, the Perinatal
Data Center staff collaborate and provide guidance on epidemiological
and statistical analyses and grants, and present analytical findings
at national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.
To contact the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center,
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.