A preterm birth is the early birth of a live baby, defined as less than 37 weeks of gestation. It may be expressed as a percentage of births.
Reaching 37 weeks of gestational age is a measure of success in achieving a full term pregnancy. Births that occur before 37 weeks gestation (preterm births) have lower chances of survival and higher chances of short and long term health problems when compared to term births.
In 2020, in Alachua County, the percent of total births that were Preterm Births (less than 37 Weeks Gestation) (All) was 11.4 compared to Florida at 10.5. Since the oldest age of the mother at birth varies, an ending age of 999 is used to retrieve all records up to and including the oldest age.
Alachua County is in the third quartile for this measure. This means that relative to other counties in Florida, the situation occurs less often in about one half of the counties, and it occurs more often in about one quarter of the counties. The map illustrates county data by quartile. It is shown when there are at least 51 counties with data for this measure.Links: Healthy People 2030|More Health Resources
Preterm Births (<37 Weeks Gestation), Percent of Total Births, 2020
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Preterm Births (<37 Weeks Gestation), Single Year