Why is it Necessary?



The rate of preterm birth (PTB), defined as births that occur prior to 37 completed weeks' gestation, is high in Utah. The Utah 2010 singleton PTB rate was 9.5%, a 42% rate increase, and a more than doubling in the number of PTBs since 1991. Despite improving outcomes, prematurity still represents the leading cause of neonatal death in otherwise normal newborns and also represents a major cause of suboptimum long-term outcomes. UWNQC will identify specific maternal and neonatal areas of focus that affect birth outcomes in Utah; however, quality improvement projects related to preterm births and neonatal morbidities will be among the top priorities.