Late Preterm Birth: A Rising Trend: Part One of a Two-Part Series


  • Anne M. Jorgensen, RNC, MS, NNP, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY. She is also a clinical instructor at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York and a DNP student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. The author reports no conflicts of interest or financial relationships relevant to this article.

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  • 1Identify and classify infants born between 34 and 36 6/7 completed weeks gestation as late preterm.
  • 2Identify the factors contributing to the rise in the late preterm birth rate in the United States.
  • 3Integrate knowledge of the factors that are contributing to increasing the late preterm birth rate when evaluating and caring for mothers and late preterm infants.

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