Report card gives U.S. "D" grade for premature births

11/12/2008 | USA Today

The March of Dimes has given the U.S. a "D" grade in preventing premature births, citing more than 530,000 babies born each year before they reach 37 weeks of gestation. The state-by-state Premature Birth Report Card finds Vermont has the lowest rate of premature births at 9% and Mississippi the highest at 18.8%. The group says states should expand health insurance coverage of childbearing-age women, making it more likely that pregnant women will get prenatal care.

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