Maternal Mortality is Increasing

Pregnancy-related maternal mortality in the U.S. is worse than in 40 other countries and is increasing.

Preterm Birth

Preterm Birth

Infant Mortality

Infant Mortality

Maternal Mortality

Maternal Mortality

In all three of these measures, the U.S. ranks among the worst in the world.


babies in the U.S. is born prematurely


pregnant women in the U.S. smoke during pregnancy

Half of Births

Half of the births in the U.S. are paid for by Medicaid (e.g., taxpayers)


NICU fees are $280,000 on average for babies born before 32 weeks


Average year one medical costs are 57 times higher for babies born before 28 weeks compared to full-term babies

In Decades

Despite decreases in the overall preterm birth rate, there has been no change in the early preterm birth rate in decades.


There are significant racial disparities in adverse pregnancy outcomes: African-American mothers are 50% more likely to have a preterm baby, and their babies are 3x more likely to die before their 1st birthday.


89% of babies born before 32 weeks are admitted to NICU


Half of all pregnancy costs are related to preterm birth