Rising Preterm Rates: The preterm birth rate in the United States has worsened for a fifth year, rising to 10.2 percent in 2019. Check Your State Here.

Best U.S. State: New Hampshire has an 8.2% preterm birth rate, good for a “B+” on the March of Dimes Report Card. No state received an “A” this year.

National Preterm Birth Costs

Cost to the Nation:Preterm births cost $26 billion per year. A significant portion of preterm births are associated with Medicaid programs.

Costs to Health Plans:More than $6 billion extra is spent on preterm births; most spend is on infants with major birth defects.

Costs to Employers: $12.7 billion annually.

Before 32 weeks: For babies born prior to 32 weeks, the average NICU cost exceeds $280,000.

NICU Days: The average stay in a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit is 13.2 days.

NICU Costs: $3,000.00 per day not including cost of birth. Average NICU exceeds $76,000 per baby.

Long Term Impact: Significant impact health and costs effects from childhood through adulthood; including: neuro development, cardiovascular, renal, metabolic, and pulmonary health.