preterm births

“Black pregnant people in the United States experience preterm birth (PTB; a birth before 37 weeks’ gestation) at rates approximately 2 times that of White pregnant people.” And that is a problem because “Black pregnant people are also twice as likely to experience the death of an infant younger than 1 year, a disparity primarily associated with preterm-related causes of death.” This new study has a lot for us to unpack.
According to the 2017 Premature Birth Report Cards, provided by the March of Dimes, not only did Mississippi rank the worst in preterm birth rates but the state even saw an increase from last year.