Premature birth rate in U.S. hits lowest mark in a decade

11/13/2012 | HealthDay News

The percentage of babies born prematurely dropped for a fifth consecutive year in 2011 to 11.7%, the lowest rate in 10 years, according to the annual March of Dimes report card. Although the premature birth rates in 45 states improved between 2009 and 2011, only four states received an "A" grade. Overall, the country still got a "C" grade from March of Dimes.

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