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During an average week in Illinois, 441 babies are born prematurely (before the 37th week of preg-nancy), and 76 babies are born very prematurely (before 32 weeks of preg-nancy). Another 283 babies are born weighing 5½ pounds or less and another 54 are born weighing less than 3.33 pounds, according to the March of Dimes. Other birth and maternity statistics, by the numbers, weigh in at:
11,900,000,000 Dollars, the amount spent on hospital stays for premature infants in 2001.
12.5 Percentage of babies born prematurely in Illinois in 2001.
22,931 Number of premature babies born in Illinois in 2001.
7 Percent, the rate of increase in premature births from 1991-2001 in Illinois.
18.6 Percent, the rate of premature births in Illinois for African Americans.
13.8 Percent, the rate of premature births in Illinois for Native Americans.
11.4 Percent, the rate of premature births in Illinois for Hispanics.
10.7 Percent, the rate of premature births in Illinois for Caucasians.
10.1 Percent, the rate of premature births in Illinois for Asians.
400 Percent, the increase in the number of women in their 30s and 40s who gave birth to their first baby in 2001 vs. 1970.
8,000 Dollars, the low-end cost for an in-vitro fertilization treatment.
25,000 Dollars, the high-end cost for in-vitro fertilization treatment.
2 Percent, the portion of babies born to women over age 40.
3,027,993 Annual number of vaginal deliveries in the United States.
72 Percent of the time doctors will recommend a C-section for women who've already had one.
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