CT Receives 'B' on March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card

Recently, I put together this Mommy Minute story with March of Dimes CT, about Healthy Babies Healthy Business, the group's inititative to help the workplace become more family-friendly, therefore reducing the amount of premature births.

Today, March of Dimes is applauding the state's seven year improvement in the preterm birth rate.

From a press release:

Connecticut's preterm birth rate was 9.8 percent in 2013, down from 10.4 percent in 2006, the year the national rate peaked.  Connecticut again earned a B on the report card.

The national preterm birth rate fell to 11.4 percent in 2013 - the lowest in 17 years - meeting the federal Health People 2020 goal seven years early.  Despite this progress, the nation still received a "C" on the annual report card and still has the highest rate of preterm birth of any industrialized country.

"Preterm births, along with low and very low birthweight births, are important predictors of infant survival and well-being, as well as indictors of community and state health," said DPH Deputy Commissioner Dr. Katharine Lewis.  "Connecticut continues to make good progress in reducing preterm births.  But more work needs to be done, particularly in addressing race and ethnic disparities which continue to persist."

Click here for the entire report card.

World Prematurity Day is coming up on November 17th.


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