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Location: Texas
Topic: Preterm by maternal age
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Preterm by maternal age: Texas, 2014-2016 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 2014-2016 (average) in Texas, preterm birth rates were highest for women ages 40 and older (16.5%), followed by women ages 30-39 (11.1%), under age 20 (10.1%) and ages 20-29 (9.5%). 
• Of all infants born during 2014-2016 (average), 8.2% were to mothers under the age of 20, 52.7% were to mothers ages 20-29 years, 36.4% were to mothers ages 30-39 years, and 2.6% 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 weeks of pregnancy.


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved June 20, 2019, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.