The nation as a whole, which has a pre-term birth rate of 12.7%, got a D.
Prematurity is the No. 1 cause of newborn death and is linked to complications such as learning, behavior and feeding problems, as well as a heightened risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Even late pre-term births (34 to 36 weeks instead of the full-term number of 40) raises risks. Elective cesarean sections have caused the rates of late pre-term birth to rise in recent years.
Read the report at the March of Dimes website.
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