Premature Births Decline in U.S.
First 2-Year Downturn in Nearly 30 Years, CDC Says
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The report says preterm births have declined significantly in 35 states since 2006, with only Hawaii reporting an increase.
In 2006-2008, the percentage of all cesarean births that were preterm declined 4% to 17.1%. The percentage of induced vaginal births born preterm also decreased in the period, to 7.2% from 7.7%. The percentage of noninduced vaginal births dropped from 11.6% to 11.1%.