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University of Connecticut Health Center

Premature Birth Report Card

Premature Birth Report Card

It's the reason thousands of babies don't make it to their first birthday: they were born too soon. 

November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Babies born before 37 weeks gestation often face lifelong health problems. According to the March of Dimes, they include breathing problems, jaundice, vision loss, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays.

The March of Dimes released it's Premature Birth Report Card today. Connecticut earned a grade of 'B.' At 9.2%, the state did better than the national average of 9.6% according to The National Center for Health Statistics. In fact, because Connecticut met the March of Dime's 2020 goal of 9.6% early, the state received...