Mothers with hypertension or diabetes up to six times more likely to deliver preterm

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January 29, 2009

In 2006–2007, more than 54,000 babies across Canada were born preterm or small for their gestational age (SGA), according to new analysis from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). This represents one in seven Canadian births.

During the year studied, the Canadian preterm birth rate (born before 37 weeks gestation) was 8.1%, or almost 29,000 births, up from around 6.6%i in the early 1990s. The rate of small for gestational age births (babies born with a weight below the 10th percentile for their gestational age and sex) was 8.3%, down from approximately 11%i in the early 1990s. 

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