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What is premature birth?

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A full-term pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. A baby that delivers before 37 weeks is a premature baby, or preemie.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Pregnancy."

Nemours Foundation: "When Your Teen Is Having a Baby."

Medline Plus: "Teenage Pregnancy."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG): "Especially for Teens: Having a Baby."

Simpson, K. R., Creehan, P. A., and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Perinatal Nursing, 2nd edition, Lippincott, 2001.

WebMD Medical News: "Postpartum Depression: How Common?"

National Center for Health Statistics: ''Vital Signs: Teen Pregnancy -- United States, 1991-2009.''

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: ''Fast Facts: Teen Pregnancy in the United States.''

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

 Centers for Disease Control: "Teen Pregnancy in the United States."

Department of Health and Human Services - HHS.gov Office of Adolescent Health: "Trends in Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 8, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Pregnancy."

Nemours Foundation: "When Your Teen Is Having a Baby."

Medline Plus: "Teenage Pregnancy."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG): "Especially for Teens: Having a Baby."

Simpson, K. R., Creehan, P. A., and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Perinatal Nursing, 2nd edition, Lippincott, 2001.

WebMD Medical News: "Postpartum Depression: How Common?"

National Center for Health Statistics: ''Vital Signs: Teen Pregnancy -- United States, 1991-2009.''

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: ''Fast Facts: Teen Pregnancy in the United States.''

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

 Centers for Disease Control: "Teen Pregnancy in the United States."

Department of Health and Human Services - HHS.gov Office of Adolescent Health: "Trends in Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 8, 2020

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