Truth: There are many interventions that can prevent a baby from being born preterm, but timing is critical. The earlier you can identify an at-risk mom, the better the chances are that she will deliver a healthy baby. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the preterm birth rate for Black women is 50 percent higher than white or Hispanic women. This absolutely needs to change, and Lucina wants to work with your health plan to make it happen.