Premature Births Endangering Babies’ Health

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A new study says more Mississippi mothers are giving birth before their pregnancy reaches full term. 13.6 percent of children statewide were born before the 37th week of pregnancy last year, up from 13 percent in 2015. Mississippi is one of five states to receive a failing grade from the March of Dimes although pre-term births also rose nationwide for the second straight year. The rate of early births grew in Harrison and Hinds counties and decreased in DeSoto, Jackson, Madison, and Rankin counties. Early births increase chances of death, disability or lifelong health problems. Among African-Americans, 16 percent of Mississippi children are born early compared to 11 percent among whites.



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