US preterm births fall to lowest rate in 17 years, report says

November 6, 2014 11:03 AM

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US preterm births fall to lowest rate in 17 years, report says

For the seventh consecutive year, the premature birth rate in the United States has declined, falling to the lowest level in 17 years, revealed the March of Dimes’ annual Premature Birth Report Card.

According to the annual report, the premature birth rate fell to 11.4 percent in 2013. Since 2006, 231,000 fewer babies have been born preterm due to state-run, sustained interventions. Those policies have helped save $11.9 billion in health care and other costs, as the March of Dimes, a nonprofit f...

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