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The March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health, has released its annual Premature Birth Report Card, and it turns out fewer babies are being born too early. In fact, the preterm birth rate is at a 15-year low -- that’s a 10 percent decline since 2006, which translates to around 176,000 additional babies who enjoyed the health benefits of making it to term. Six states -- Alaska, California, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont -- earned an “A” for their efforts to prevent prematurity.
However, despite this encouraging trend, the US still earned a middling C overall from the organization. "Although we have made great progress in reducing our nation’s preterm birth rate from historic highs, the US still has the highest rate of preterm birth of any industrialized country," said March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse in a press release. "We must continue to invest in premature birth prevention because every baby deserves a healthy start in life."
Premature Birth Report Card: How Safe Is It to Deliver in Your State?
Interesting statistics. My state earned a 'B'. How did your state do?