Preterm births multiples and fertility treatment Recommendations for changes to policy and clinical practices

Each year nearly one in eight infants in the United States is born preterm. Preterm birth places babies at increased risk for death, health problems including long-term neurological disabilities, and extended time in the hospital.

Authors

Josephine Johnston, L.L.B., M.B.H.L., Michael Gusmano, Ph.D., Pasquale Patrizio, M.D.

Volume 102, Issue 1, Pages 36–39

Abstract

Each year nearly one in eight infants in the United States is born preterm. Preterm birth places babies at increased risk for death, health problems including long-term neurological disabilities, and extended time in the hospital. It costs the U.S. health care system more than $26 billion per year. An important risk factor for preterm birth is multiplicity, with 11% of twins, 36% of triplets, and 67% of quadruplets and higher born very preterm (less than 32 weeks’ gestation), compared with less than 2% of singletons.

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