Our Impact

Every year, over 15 million preterm births are delivered globally and 1.1 million babies die from preterm birth complications worldwide.
The US ranks 54th among all countries for preterm births. As of 2017 the average preterm birth rate in the US was 9.8%; Illinois was as 10.2%. The preterm birth rate among black women is 49% higher than the rate among all other women around the country.
In Peoria County the preterm birth rate among black women is 86% higher than the rate among all other women.
The US preterm birth rate began to go down in 2010, mainly due to improvement in prenatal health and many states have been able to bridge the gap between African American mothers and their counterparts, just by implementing programs such as CenteringPregnancy.

13%

oF pRETERM bABIES BORN in peoria county TO BLACK MOTHERS ARE PRETERM

 

7.2%

oF pRETERM bABIES BORN in peoria county TO white MOTHERS ARE PRETERM

 
 

6.3%

oF pRETERM bABIES BORN in peoria county TO asian or pacific islanders MOTHERS ARE PRETERM

Sources:

  • 2017 and 2016 Premature Birth Report Card. March of Dimes Foundation. Marchofdimes.org/reportcard

  • Peoria County Maternal and Child Health Report 2016. Peoria City/County Health Department. May 2017.