| ||In 2014, 915 babies, or 2.4% of live births, were very preterm in Mississippi. |
| ||Major risk factors for preterm and very preterm births include multiple births, history of preterm delivery, stress, infection, smoking and illicit drug use. |
| ||Very premature babies who survive may suffer lifelong consequences, including cerebral palsy, blindness and other chronic conditions. |
Healthy people 2020
Very preterm births: reduce to no more than 1.8% of live births.
National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
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