| ||Maternal age is a risk factor for preterm birth, with higher preterm birth rates found among the youngest and oldest mothers in the U.S. |
| ||During 2012-2014 (average) in Mississippi, preterm birth rates were highest for women ages 40 and older (20.2%), followed by women ages 30-39 (14.4%), ages 20-29 (12.8%) and under age 20 (12.6%). |
| ||Of all infants born during 2012-2014 (average), 11.4% were to mothers under the age of 20, 61.5% were to mothers ages 20-29 years, 25.6% were to mothers ages 30-39 years, and 1.5% were to mothers ages 40 and older. |
March of Dimes 2020 Goal
Reduce preterm births to no more than 8.1% of live births.
For more information, see here.
Healthy people 2020
Preterm births: reduce to no more than 11.4% of live births.
National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
Retrieved January 22, 2017, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.