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Location: Mississippi
Topic: Very preterm by race
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Very preterm by race: Mississippi, 2009-2011 Average

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• During 2009-2011 (average), the very preterm birth rate in Mississippi was highest for black (4.4%) and Native American (3.3%) infants. 
• Black infants (4.4%) were about 3 times as likely as Asian infants (1.4%) to be born very preterm during 2009-2011 (average). 
• Very premature babies who survive may suffer lifelong consequences, including cerebral palsy, blindness and other chronic conditions. 

Healthy people 2020

  • Very preterm births: reduce to no more than 1.8% of live births.


  • Very preterm is less than 32 completed weeks gestation.


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved April 17, 2014, from www.marchofdimes.com/peristats.