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Preterm birth is the birth of an infant before 37 weeks of gestation

A Global Burden.

10%

of all births are preterm

15 million

babies are born preterm worldwide annually 

1 million

do not survive their first month

8.5%

increase in the global rate of preterm birth from year 2000 to 2014

50%

of all neonatal mortality are due to preterm birth

USD 26 billion

worth of socioeconomic burden in the U.S.

Worldwide prevalence of preterm birth

Preterm Birth Rates

Source: Chawanpaiboon, S., Vogel, J. P., Moller, A.-B., Lumbiganon, P., Petzold, M., Hogan, D., … Gülmezoglu, A. M. (2019). Global, regional, and national estimates of levels of preterm birth in 2014: a systematic review and modelling analysis. The Lancet Global Health, 7(1)

An unmet need

Medical Cost of Preterm Birth

The medical cost of preterm cost is immense. In the United States, the average cost of preterm birth (USD 32,325) is 10 times higher than term birth (USD 3325). This translate to a total economic cost of USD 26 billion in the United States.

Preterm Birth

Term Birth

USD 3325

USD 32,325

Importance of early prediction

The early identification of women at risk of preterm birth will allow physicians to administer proper treatments to delay the onset of labor and to protect the infant

Prophylactics

Progesterone supplementation and cervical cerclage

Tocolytics

Uterine activity suppressor

Tocolytics

Corticosteriod and magnesium sulphate