The number of babies born in the 34th through 36th weeks of pregnancy rose by 20% between 1990 and 2006, according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although healthier than babies born before 34 weeks, late preterm infants suffer more complications and have higher death rates than babies born after 37 weeks, according to the report. More than 333,000 babies were born in late preterm in 2006, which represented 8.1% of all births in the U.S. Although women under age 20 and over 40 are the most likely to have a late preterm baby, the rate has increased among mothers of all ages. Black mothers, according to the report, are 50% more likely than white moms and 33% more likely than Hispanic mothers to have a late preterm birth, the CDC said.
CDC Says Late Preterm Births Take 20% Jump
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