In addition to the slight increase in the overall rate, preterm birth rates rose among African-American babies (13.23 percent to 13.39 percent) and Hispanic babies (9.02 percent to 9.13 percent). We must redouble our efforts to address health inequities, implement known interventions that reduce preterm birth, and continue to engage our nationwide network of researchers to give every baby a fighting chance.
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