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World Prematurity Day '18

Born Too Soon

Improve Preterm Birth Survival Through Simulation

Every year in the United States, 380,000 babies are born too soon.1 The U.S. rate of preterm births is one of the highest among high-resource countries and has increased for the third year in a row.1,2

Even more startling, racial and ethnic differences in preterm birth rates persist. In 2016, the rate of preterm birth among African-American women was nearly 50% higher than the rate of preterm birth among white women.4 And, the March of Dimes has shown that preterm birth rates vary from state to state.5 These disparities signify that babies have a higher chance of premature birth based simply on race, ethnicity, and zip code.

Nearly 400,000 babies - about 1 in 10 - are born preterm each year. And while the preterm birth rate has been increasing among all racial and ethnic groups, some have been hit harder than others…Now is a pivotal time to do more for those at greatest risk.

Dr. Wanda Barfield, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*

Premature infants are at greater risk of long-term complications and death. They require specialized care by a highly skilled team of healthcare professionals. Survival rates for newborns can be improved through training in neonatal resuscitation and by being prepared to respond to these critical events. 

Using simulation training to support your learning objectives, you will be able to practice and implement the safest care practices for premature infants. Laerdal provides a wide range of training solutions and technology to meet your specific needs and help you save the most vulnerable lives.

Premature Birth Training Solutions

Premature Anne

Developed in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Premature Anne is designed for the training of healthcare professionals in the initiation of proper care and resuscitation of preterm infants.



Developed to meet the key requirements for teaching the initial steps of resuscitation in the first ten minutes of a newborn’s life, NeoNatalie is an effective, cost-efficient tool to enhance your training program.

Infant CPR Anytime

The Infant CPR Anytime Kit contains everything you need to learn the lifesaving skills of infant CPR and infant choking relief in about 20 minutes. The kit can be used to teach family, caregivers, and friends lifesaving skills for high-risk infants.


Page References: 

  1. March of Dimes. (2018). Fighting premature birth: The prematurity campaign. Retrieved from
  2. World Health Organization. (2018). Preterm birth. Retrieved from
  3. March of Dimes. (2018). More babies being born too soon for third year in a row, report shows; March of dimes says trend is an alarming indicator of worsening health of moms and babies in the U.S. Retrieved from
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Preterm birth. Retrieved from
  5. March of Dimes. (2017). 2017 premature birth report cards. Retrieved from

*March of Dimes. (2018). See reference #3.

Quiz References:

  1. McNeil, D.G. (2012). U.S. lags in global measure of premature births. NY Times. Retrieved from
  2. Galvin, G. (2017). Premature births vary greatly by state. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved from
  3. March of Dimes. (2015). The impact of premature birth on society. March of Dimes. Retrieved from
  4. World Health Organization. (2018). Preterm births. World Health Organization. Retrieved from
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Preterm births. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from

    Martin, N. & Montagne, R. (2017). Black mothers keep dying after giving birth. NPR. Retrieved from
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). See reference for quiz question #5.
  7. March of Dimes. (2018). 2018 premature birth report card. March of Dimes. Retrieved from
  8. Best Ever Baby. (2018). PreTRM test determines your risk for premature birth. Best Ever Baby. Retrieved from