U.S. Earns 'D' for Premature Births

The United States has gotten a "D" grade for its preterm birth rate from the March of Dimes. The organization recently released its 2010 report card.

The target rate for preterm births is 7.6 percent or less, according to the March of Dimes. There are currently no states that meet that standard, and the nationwide rate is 12.3 percent.

CNN reports:

“... [P]remature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and many disabilities, including breathing problems, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities ... The March of Dimes says it will issue a report card every year until the target is met.”

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