It is estimated that approximately 10% of babies are born prematurely worldwide. This means that approximately 15 million babies are born prematurely every year.
Here in Ireland, the figure stands around 4,500 a year (about 1 in every 16 babies), so there is a baby born prematurely every 116 minutes. Despite the high number of preterm births in the world, there is little known about prevention of preterm delivery and the problems and risks for development.
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