Rambam Forum

What is Behind the Rising Rates of Preterm Birth in the United States?

John Lantos and Diane S. Lauderdale


We review three decades of unsuccessful efforts by public policy-makers in the United States to develop programs to lower the rate of preterm birth. We analyze why these efforts had been unsuccessful. Finally, we will speculate about whether something has changed in the last few years that might finally bend the curve and reverse the trend of a steadily rising preterm birth rate.

Rambam Maimonides Med J 2011;2(4):e0065