Today is World Prematurity Day and for the first time
in eight years.
the U-S is seeing an increase of premature births.
News 8's Sarah Thamer sat down with local doctors
today and joins us now with the details.
According to a new report by the March of Dimes.
Wisconsin is one of seven states to see an increase
of preterm births since 2014.
Despite medical advancements to prevent preterm births.
the U-S currently lags behind some less developed
Preterm births are the largest cause of infant deaths
in the U.S.
And preventing them, seems to be a bigger challenge
now than eight years ago.
There is a wide variety of reasons why babies are
Some of those reasons are preventable, for example,
not performing elective deliveries before a baby reaches
their due date.
Richmond says other reasons are harder to tackle.
So for example in Wisconsin, a woman of color, has
a 44 percent increased risk of having a baby born
prematurely, this of course
is also related to socioeconomic
and access to good prenatal care.
Premature births typically happen when a child is
born before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
In 2015, preterm births in the U.S.
increased from 9.57 to 9.63 percent.
But Gundersen doctors say there are some things expectant
mothers can do to help prevent that number from growing.
To get prenatal care early, and to provide a good
history especially if you had preterm labor in a prior
pregnancy, give your physician all of the information
that he or she would need or your midwife, provider
so that some of those things can be indentified certainly
a history of a preterm will increase your risk in
a subsequent pregnancy.
Premature babies born earlier and smaller, are at
a higher risk of not surviving and being discharged
from the hospital.
And doctors say the smaller the baby, the bigger the
All of their organ systems are born immature particularly
their lungs and their heart, they often need to be
intubated, breathe with a respirator, and given lots
of medicines to help essentially take them sometimes
through their whole third trimester of pregnancy outside
And to help get rid of this epidemic, providers say
different measures have been in the works, but it'll
most likely take five to ten years to see results.
Cervical cancer screening, has become much different
now such that we are not intervening as early to do
procedures on women's cervixes that can cause preterm
labor in a subsequent pregnancy.
According to the March of Dimes.
the U-S should lower the rate of preterm births to
8.1 percent by 2020 to be among countries with the
spends 20 billion dollars a year in premature birth