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U.S. among the worst for premature births

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15 million babies are born prematurely each year around the globe. The United States fared badly in the first country-to-country comparison.

A study by the World Health Organization, Save the Children and hundreds of other child and health related organizations suggests a variety of factors are causing premature births in America.

Too many American women have health problems like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking.   Other factors include teen pregnancy or women older than 35 giving birth to twins or triplets after in vitro fertilization. 

Another issue is many women who lack health insurance aren't seeing doctors early in their pregnancies, when problems like high blood pressure or genital infections can be treated.