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Preterm Births

This indicator shows the percentage of births with less than 37 weeks of completed gestation.

Preterm Births

9.4
10.4
Comparison: CA Counties 

11.2

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

County: San Bernardino

Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 56 California counties.
Percents were not calculated in counties with fewer than five events.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
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Why is this important?

Babies born premature are likely to require specialized medical care, and oftentimes must stay in intensive care nurseries. While there have been many medical advances enabling premature infants to survive, there is still risk of infant death or long-term disability. The most important things an expectant mother can do to prevent prematurity and low birth weight are to take prenatal vitamins, stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol and using drugs, and get prenatal care.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of infants who are born preterm to 11.4%.

Preterm Births : Time Series

2006: 11.1 2007: 12.0 2008: 11.4 2009: 11.5 2010: 11.2

percent

Preterm Births

Comparison: Prior Value 

11.2

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

County: San Bernardino

Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Percents were not calculated in counties with fewer than five events.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute

Why is this important?

Babies born premature are likely to require specialized medical care, and oftentimes must stay in intensive care nurseries. While there have been many medical advances enabling premature infants to survive, there is still risk of infant death or long-term disability. The most important things an expectant mother can do to prevent prematurity and low birth weight are to take prenatal vitamins, stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol and using drugs, and get prenatal care.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of infants who are born preterm to 11.4%.

Preterm Births : Time Series

2006: 11.1 2007: 12.0 2008: 11.4 2009: 11.5 2010: 11.2

percent

Preterm Births

Target Met
Comparison: Healthy People 2020 Target 

11.2

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

County: San Bernardino

Healthy People 2020 Target: 11.4 percent
Technical Note: Percents were not calculated in counties with fewer than five events.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute

Why is this important?

Babies born premature are likely to require specialized medical care, and oftentimes must stay in intensive care nurseries. While there have been many medical advances enabling premature infants to survive, there is still risk of infant death or long-term disability. The most important things an expectant mother can do to prevent prematurity and low birth weight are to take prenatal vitamins, stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol and using drugs, and get prenatal care.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of infants who are born preterm to 11.4%.

Preterm Births : Time Series

2006: 11.1 2007: 12.0 2008: 11.4 2009: 11.5 2010: 11.2

percent