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Topic: Very preterm by race
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Very preterm by race: California, 2015-2017 Average

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• During 2015-2017 (average), the very preterm birth rate in California was highest for black (2.5%) and American Indian/Alaska Native (1.6%) infants. 
• Black infants (2.5%) were about 2 times as likely as Asian/Pacific Islander infants (1.1%) to be born very preterm during 2015-2017 (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.

Footnotes

  • Very preterm is less than 32 weeks.

Source

  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved November 19, 2019, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.