Highlight: Perinatal Data Snapshot
Perinatal data snapshots are available for
the United States and every state. These documents provide a brief
summary of maternal and infant health.
Click on your state to access your
snapshot (PDF format):
Late-Preterm Birth and Cerebral Palsy
Babies born just a few weeks prematurely are more than three times as likely to have cerebral palsy than full-term infants--adding to the mounting evidence that the last few weeks of pregnancy are critical to a child's health and development.
for the full press release.
Late-Preterm Birth and Cesarean section
Cesarean sections account for nearly all of the increase in U.S. singleton preterm births,
according to an analysis of nine years of national birth data. Preterm birth is a serious and costly health concern and
is the leading cause of death in the first month of life. More than half a million babies - one out of every eight -
are born too soon each year in the United States. "The Relationship Between Cesarean Delivery and Gestational Age Among U.S. Singleton Births,"
by Bettegowda VR. et al. is published in Clinics in Perinatology, Vol. 35. Click here
for the full press release.
Preterm Birth and Birth Defects
Preterm birth, is a growing national health crisis,
according to the March of Dimes. More than half a million babies are born too soon each year, and the rate continues to rise. Birth defects and
preterm birth are the leading causes of infant death.
"Infants born preterm were more than twice as likely to have major birth defects as infants born at term, and the association was strongest among very preterm babies,"
said Joann Petrini, PhD, MPH, director of the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, who also co-authored the study. "This study highlights the
importance of understanding the possible shared causes and risk factors that lead to preterm birth among those infants affected by major birth defects."
"The Association Between Major Birth Defects and Preterm Birth" by Honein, et al. was published online and is available free of charge at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10995-008-0348-y.
Click here for full press release.
Data Updates: what's new in PeriStats
What is the Perinatal Data
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, 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, premature birth 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,
Late-preterm birth rate
Detailed late-preterm birth data for the largest cities and
counties in the U.S. are now available on the PeriStats Web site! Click on a city to
see a trend in late-preterm birth:
• Long Beach
• Los Angeles
• San Diego
• San Francisco
• San Jose
• Santa Ana
• Colorado Springs
• New Orleans
• St Paul
• Kansas City
• St Louis City
• Las Vegas
• New York City
• Bronx, NYC
• Brooklyn, NYC
• Manhattan, NYC
• Queens, NYC
• Staten Island, NYC
• Oklahoma City
• El Paso
• Fort Worth
• San Antonio
• Virginia Beach