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Topic: Late preterm by race/ethnicity
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Late preterm by race/ethnicity: United States, 2012-2014 Average

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• During 2012-2014 (average) in the United States, late preterm birth rates were highest for black infants (8.5%), followed by American Indian/Alaska Natives (7.6%), whites (6.6%), Hispanics (6.6%) and Asian/Pacific Islanders (6.3%). 
• 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. 

Footnotes

  • All race categories exclude Hispanics.
  • Late preterm is between 34 and 36 weeks gestation.

Source

  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved December 08, 2016, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.