April 23, 2014

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Preterm by race/ethnicity: US, 2009-2011 Average

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• During 2009-2011 (average) in the United States, preterm birth rates were highest for black infants (17.1%), followed by Native Americans (13.7%), Hispanics (11.8%), whites (10.7%) and Asians (10.6%). 
• Black infants (17.1%) were about 2 times as likely as Asian infants (10.6%) to be born preterm during 2009-2011 (average). 
• In the United States, prematurity/low birthweight is the second leading cause of all infant deaths (during the first year of life) and the leading cause of infant death among black infants. 
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  March of Dimes 2020 Goal
•  Reduce preterm births to no more than 9.6% of live births.
•  For more information, see here.
  Healthy People 2020
•  Preterm births: reduce to no more than 11.4% of live births.
•  All race categories exclude Hispanics.
•  Preterm is less than 37 completed weeks gestation.
•  National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
•  Retrieved April 23, 2014, from www.marchofdimes.com/peristats.

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