April 24, 2014

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Late preterm by race/ethnicity: US, 2009-2011 Average

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• During 2009-2011 (average) in the United States, late preterm birth rates were highest for black infants (11.0%), followed by Native Americans (9.7%), Hispanics (8.5%), whites (7.8%) and Asians (7.8%). 
• Late preterm babies have higher rates of adverse birth outcomes than term infants. Late preterm babies are at higher risk for breathing problems, feeding difficulties, jaundice, difficulties regulating body temperature and death compared to term babies. 
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•  All race categories exclude Hispanics.
•  Late preterm is between 34 and 36 weeks gestation.
•  National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
•  Retrieved April 24, 2014, from www.marchofdimes.com/peristats.

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