Birth complications can result from the simplest of things. And now, having a healthy pregnancy should be more of a priority for expecting mothers than ever, due to this alarming statistic about births in the United States, which was released only recently. If nothing else, this statistic should should help the public focus more attention on the health of expecting mothers and making sure they get the medical attention they deserve — all timely and important topics, given the current health care debate.
New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2016 revealed that preterm birth rates, or births that happen before 37 weeks of gestation, have increased in the United States for the second year in a row. Nearly 10 percent of babies born in the United States are born prematurely, according to the new data, even though general birth rates have declined altogether, including the rate of teen pregnancy. “The increase in the preterm birth rate is an alarming indication that the health of pregnant women and…
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