The March of Dimes Reports the following:
“The March of Dimes graded states by comparing each state’s rate of premature birth to the nation’s 2010 objective of 7.6 percent. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death in the United States. We don’t yet understand all the factors that contribute to premature birth. The nation must continue to make progress on research to identify causes and prevention strategies, and on interventions and quality improvement initiatives to improve outcomes.”
Florida received a grade of F. 13.8% compared to the nation’s 7.6%. The federal and local governments are researching all causes of prematurity and what they can do to help.