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Montana Earns "B" on Preemie Report Card

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The US premature birth rate dropped for the sixth year in a row to 11.5 percent.

March of Dimes released their annual report card for each state. Though the preterm birth rates for the nation are the lowest rate in 15 years, the US still earned a "C" on the report. Montana, however, earned a "B" on the report card.

"The report is an awareness to say this isn't good enough. And even though Montana, for the second year in a row, Montana got a B. And that's you know, above average, and so we should be fairly happy with it. But, when it comes to the lives of babies, it's not good enough," says Debra Donovan, State Director for March of Dimes.

Preterm birth occurs before 37 weeks of pregnancy. It's the leading cause of newborn death, and babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of death and disability, compared to full term babies.

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