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Location: Mississippi
Topic: Very preterm by race/ethnicity
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Very preterm by race/ethnicity: Mississippi, 2012-2014 Average

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• During 2012-2014 (average), the very preterm birth rate in Mississippi was highest for black infants (3.5%), followed by American Indian/Alaska Natives (1.6%), Asian/Pacific Islanders (1.5%), whites (1.5%) and Hispanics (1.4%). 
• Black infants (3.5%) were about 2 times as likely as Hispanic infants (1.4%) to be born very preterm during 2012-2014 (average). 
• 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.


  • All race categories exclude Hispanics.
  • Very preterm is less than 32 completed weeks gestation.


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved October 24, 2016, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.