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17 Nov
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 “D” 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 MarchofDimes.com/Fight.

8 Nov
Linda


Every year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States. The rate of premature birth has risen by 30 percent since 1981.

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death worldwide. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk of lifelong disabilities. Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year.

In 2003, the Prematurity Campaign was launched to address the crisis and help families have healthy, full-term babies. In 2008, the March of Dimes Board of Trustees extended the Prematurity Campaign globally, and in 2009 the March of Dimes released the first global estimates showing the serious toll of preterm birth worldwide.

The March of Dimes works different channels of influence to reduce premature birth rates. One way is to raise public awareness of the serious issue and to invest in education of moms-to-be and health care providers. We also support medical advances and knowledge. Every year, new promising research studies are funded through our Prematurity Research Initiative. Advocacy efforts have opened the door to more federal funding for prematurity research and education.

The campaign is already showing signs of success, including a recent 3 percent decline in the premature birth rate. With more than 1,400 babies born too soon every day, much work is still to be done.

Find out how you can get involved by visiting MarchofDimes.com/Fight.

6 Apr
Linda

As March for Babies season kicks into full gear, here is some good news!

A Message from Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes:

I am pleased to report that thanks to your volunteer efforts, we have begun to make progress in our national campaign to reduce premature birth. As you will see in this news release, the 2008 preliminary preterm birth rate fell by 3%. We have reached a tipping point — this is the second year in a row that the rate has declined after more than three decades of relentless increases. This means that in 2008, thousands more families had healthy, full-term babies because of your great work. I hope that you will join me today in celebrating the progress that we have made, and in renewing your commitment to the many families who still need our help. The opportunity to save thousands more lives is within our grasp as we move forward together in 2010 and the years ahead.

17 Nov
Linda

Today is Prematurity Awareness Day®, and I really wish I had some happy news to report. We just released the second annual Premature Birth Report Card and America scored a depressing “D.” What that means is that every year, we’re failing more than half a million babies.

 

Each state received its own report card, by the way, and you can find your state’s grade here. No state earned an “A,” and Vermont was the only state that received a “B.” Even though seven states improved their grade, I’m sure you’ll agree we have a long way to go.

 

You can help in a big way today by blogging about premature birth. And update your Facebook and Twitter status with this message or a message of your own:

 

I’m fighting for preemies! Join me at http://bit.ly/1gfWUt #fight4preemies

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