Premature births in the U.S. hit 15-year low, but still called high

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“The U.S. still has the highest rate of preterm birth of any industrialized country.”

Duke study: Home visits to newborns by nurses prevent costly care later

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The program, called Durham Connects, costs an average of $700 per family. But in the first year of life, infants served by the program had 50 percent less emergency hospital care, which can cost thousands of dollars.

U.S. preterm birth rate falls again but remains high

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The nation gets a C, but some states get A’s for preventing preterm births.

Higher breastfeeding rates likely with early skin-to-skin contact

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The intention to breastfeed and skin-to-skin contact were significantly related to exclusive breastfeeding, independent of maternal age, mode of delivery, parity and gestational age.

‘Full-term’ pregnancy gets narrower definition in U.S.

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is refining the definition of a term pregnancy to make clear that even at the end of the last trimester, a little more time in the womb can be better for a baby’s health and development.

West Virginia groups aim to increase breastfeeding rates

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Their efforts come just over a month after data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed the state continues to lag behind the national average, even though more mothers are breastfeeding.

Senate Passes Alexander Bill to Help Reduce Premature Births in Tennessee

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 The U.S. Senate has passed S. 252, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes federal research, education and intervention activities related to preterm birth and infant mortality.

Early-Term Delivery Comes With More Risk

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“While traditionally, full-term neonates are perceived to be a homogenous low-risk group, the findings from our study urge the pediatrics/neonatal provider to recognize early term (37 to 38 weeks) neonates as a higher-risk group,” Sengupta told MedPage Today.

Rising Rates of Severe and Fatal Sepsis During Labor and Delivery

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Sepsis is an increasing cause of complications and death among women in developed countries.

VCU Partners with GAPPS Repository for Groundbreaking Preterm Birth Research

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“Partnering with MOMS-PI on this study means an increase in the scientific understanding of prematurity, and ultimately, will help more pregnancies result in healthy births,” said Michael Gravett, MD, scientific director for GAPPS.