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Similar proportions of American Indian/Alaska Native infants and infants of all races were born too early – about one out of every twenty babies were born before the 36th week of pregnancy. A full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. The last weeks of pregnancy are important time periods, when the brain, lungs, and liver are finalizing their development. When a baby is born too soon, it can have problems with breathing or eating, or may have cerebral palsy, developmental delays, or trouble seeing or hearing.

*Sources:
United States Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Division of Vital Statistics, Natality public-use data 2007-2014, on CDC WONDER Online Database.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Reproductive Health: Preterm Birth

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