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17 Nov

Prematurity Awareness Day–Our Nation Scores a ‘D’

Posted by Linda

Today, November 17th, is Prematurity Awareness Day. Today we release our Premature Birth Report Card, an interactive map that shows how your state compares to other states and to the country as a whole.

Eight states earned a better grade on the 2010 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card and 32 others and the District of Columbia saw their preterm birth rates improve.

Following three decades of increases, in 2008 the nation saw the first two-year decline in the preterm birth rate, a 4 percent drop from 2006. The 2008 preliminary preterm birth rate dropped to 12.3 percent, from the 2006 final rate of 12.8 percent. The March of Dimes says 79 percent of the decline was among babies born just a few weeks too soon.

Overall, the United States received a ā€œDā€ on the report card, when national preterm birth rates are measured against the Healthy People 2010 goals. The United States has a high rate of preterm birth compared to top scoring states and, notably, most industrialized countries.

Find out more and find out what you can do by visiting our Prematurity Awareness Web site at


Prematurity Awareness Day–Our Nation Scores a ‘D’

Comment by Brandi Reilly — November 21, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

You guys are amazing! I just had my first baby November 13th at 11:20AM at 31 weeks and 4 days. He was nearly 2 months premature and just the support from the March of Dimes was incredible. We proudly sport our bracelets now, both daddy and I, even grandma and grandpa! I can’t thank you all enough for your support throughout these times. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!! <3

Adam Jeffers
Remy Cale Jeffers
Brandi Reilly

Prematurity Awareness Day–Our Nation Scores a ‘D’

Comment by sleep positioner — December 1, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

Thank you verry much for supporting my sister with her second premature baby. We are all so happy. Thank you million times, the Connors and Jeffersons.


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