Florida earns Grade D for High Percentage of Premature Births

November 7, 2014 12:33 PM

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Florida earns Grade D for High Percentage of Premature Births

The March of Dimes, a United States nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies, has given Florida a grade of D for its high percentage of premature births. Although it is good to know that the women's rate of smoking and late-term births in the state have witnessed a significant decline, percentage of premature births has still remained high.

In 2013, Florida had a pre-term birth rate of 13.6%, which is the fifth worse score for a US state and failed to meet the March of Dimes' goal of 9.6% by a big margin. Births that take place before the end of the pregnancy cycle of 37 weeks are known as pre-term births. At least 39 weeks of gestatio...

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