|1 in 8 Babies is Born Too Soon
Premature birth can happen without warning and for no known reason. To fight this problem, the March of Dimes launched a national multiyear, multimillion-dollar Prematurity Campaign to raise awareness of the problem of prematurity and to reduce the rate of premature birth.
In 2005, 1 in 8 babies (12.7% of live births) was born premature in the United States. How does Virginia rank in premature birth rates? Check-out our most recent Premature Birth Report Card.
For more perinatal health data, visit the March of Dimes PeriStats web site . The PeriStats web site provides:
|Free access to U.S., state and local maternal and infant health data aggregated from more than 11 government agencies and organizations.|
|Easy access to more than 60,000 graphs, maps, and tables.|
|Over 100 health indicators, including measure of prenatal care adequacy, low birthweight, preterm birth, and infant mortality, within many indicators stratified by race, ethnicity and maternal age.|
|Detailed perinatal data for the largest U.S. cities and counties.|