Premature births, by mothers' place of residence

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A developing baby goes through important growth throughout pregnancy including the very last weeks. Babies born too early, before the 37 week of pregancy have a higher probability of experiencing developmental problems and short- and long- term dissabilities. They are also at greater risk of dying within the first year of life. Infections, multiple births, obesity, poor nutrition, poverty, smoking and violence can increase the chances of a baby being born premature. This could also lead to a family financial crisis and keep the children out of school managing their chronic health conditions. March of Dimes of Puerto Rico estimates that a healthy birth can cost around $5,000 in comparison with a birth with complications, such as prematurity or low birth weight, that can sum up to $55,000.
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