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Alabama gets an "F" in Premature Birth Report Card

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The U.S. preterm birth rate dropped for the fifth consecutive year in 2011 to 11.7%.  That is the lowest in a decade.  Still, our country has a long way to go in reducing our rate of premature birth.

There are 1 in 8 babies born too soon in the U.S.  Therefore, the March of Dimes annual "Premature Birth Report Card" gave the U.S. a "C." 

Only four states - Vermont, Oregon, New Hampshire, and Maine earned an "A."  The preterm birth rates in those states met the March of Dimes 9.6% goal.

Alabama, along with Mississippi and Louisiana received an "F." 

Alabama had a 14.9% preterm birth rate in 2011.  That is down from 15.6% in 2010.

To see how all the state rank, click here.

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