Florida’s premature birth rates among nation’s worst

November 7, 2014 1:37 AM

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Florida’s persistently high percentage of premature births have earned the state a grade of “D” from the March of Dimes, despite some encouraging news about women’s rates of smoking, insurance coverage and late-term births.

The state had a “pre-term” birth rate of 13.6 percent in 2013 — the fifth worse score for a U.S. state and well below the March of Dimes’ goal of 9.6 percent.

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