Pre-mature Births At 15 Year Low, Illinois "Average"

Pre-mature Births At 15 Year Low, Illinois "Average"

WTVO/WQRF - The U.S. pre-term birth rate is at a 15 year low, but the nation is still getting a "C" on a March of Dimes report card.

WTVO/WQRF - The U.S. pre-term birth rate is at a 15 year low, but the nation is still getting a "C" on a March of Dimes report card.

The main reason: America's 11.5% pre-term birth rate is the highest among industrialized countries.  The state with the lowest rate of pre-term births was Vermont.  Mississippi had the highest rate at about 17%.  Illinois finished with 12%.  The grades are based on the March of Dimes' goal of 9.6%.

According to the organization, pre-term birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths.  Babies who survive are sometimes faced with serious health problems.

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