Around one in ten infants in the U.S. are born prematurely. Whilst many are still healthy despite their premature birth, others require extensive medical care that can go beyond infancy.
The study found that in 2013, employer-sponsored health plans spent an estimate of at least $6 billion extra on infants born prematurely.
The study’s lead author, Scott D. Grosse, emphasized the importance of preconception health in preventing birth defects and pre-term birth. The importance of a healthy diet, with enough folic acid was also highlighted.
Read more about this study in this Science Daily article: