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Location: Mississippi
Topic: Preterm by maternal age
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Preterm by maternal age: Mississippi, 2012-2014 Average

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• 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.


  • Preterm is less than 37 completed weeks gestation.


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved April 23, 2017, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.