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Preterm Births

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

Preterm Births

12.2
14.2
Comparison: TX Counties 

11.8

percent
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 254 Texas counties.
Percentages based on fewer than 20 events are considered unreliable and should be interpreted with caution. Please consult the source for numbers of events.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: November 2014
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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

2005: 13.5 2006: 13.8 2007: 14.2 2008: 12.8 2009: 13.1 2010: 12.6 2011: 12.0 2012: 11.8

percent

Preterm Births by Maternal Age

<15: 23.1 15-17: 15.5 18-19: 12.8 20-29: 10.9 30-39: 12.0 40+: 18.8 Overall: 11.8

percent

Preterm Births by Maternal Race/Ethnicity

Black: 15.6 Hispanic: 11.3 Other: 10.2 White: 9.9 Overall: 11.8

percent

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Preterm Births

Comparison: Prior Value 

11.8

percent
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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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.
Percentages based on fewer than 20 events are considered unreliable and should be interpreted with caution. Please consult the source for numbers of events.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: November 2014

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

2005: 13.5 2006: 13.8 2007: 14.2 2008: 12.8 2009: 13.1 2010: 12.6 2011: 12.0 2012: 11.8

percent

Preterm Births by Maternal Age

<15: 23.1 15-17: 15.5 18-19: 12.8 20-29: 10.9 30-39: 12.0 40+: 18.8 Overall: 11.8

percent

Preterm Births by Maternal Race/Ethnicity

Black: 15.6 Hispanic: 11.3 Other: 10.2 White: 9.9 Overall: 11.8

percent

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Preterm Births

Target Not Met
Comparison: Healthy People 2020 Target 

11.8

percent
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Healthy People 2020 Target: 11.4 percent
Technical Note: Percentages based on fewer than 20 events are considered unreliable and should be interpreted with caution. Please consult the source for numbers of events.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: November 2014

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

2005: 13.5 2006: 13.8 2007: 14.2 2008: 12.8 2009: 13.1 2010: 12.6 2011: 12.0 2012: 11.8

percent

Preterm Births by Maternal Age

<15: 23.1 15-17: 15.5 18-19: 12.8 20-29: 10.9 30-39: 12.0 40+: 18.8 Overall: 11.8

percent

Preterm Births by Maternal Race/Ethnicity

Black: 15.6 Hispanic: 11.3 Other: 10.2 White: 9.9 Overall: 11.8

percent

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