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Topic: Late preterm by race
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Late preterm by race: Mississippi, 2011-2013 Average

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• During 2011-2013 (average) in Mississippi, late preterm birth rates were highest for black infants (13.7%), followed by Native Americans (11.8%), whites (10.4%) and Asians (8.7%). 
• Black infants (13.7%) were about 2 times as likely as Asian infants (8.7%) to be born late preterm during 2011-2013 (average). 
• 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. 


  • Late preterm is between 34 and 36 weeks gestation.


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved December 02, 2015, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.