Health topics

Preterm birth


Preterm birth, occurring before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy, is the number one cause of newborn deaths and the second leading cause of deaths in children under five. Preterm babies are at increased risk of illness, disability and death. However, some of these early births and a majority of the resulting deaths can be prevented with proven, low cost interventions.

An adult hand holds a preterm baby's hand
Save the children/C. Crowley