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U.S. Preterm Birth Rate Down Slightly
Date:11/1/2011

-away message from this report card is that "it's important to plan your pregnancy," Campbell said. "Over 50 percent of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. There still needs to be a lot of education and outreach to make sure women are getting folic acid before and during pregnancy and that they're in good health at the time they conceive."

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Read more about birth defects and how to prevent them from the March of Dimes.

SOURCES: Jennifer Howse, Ph.D., president, March of Dimes; Deborah Campbell, M.D., director, division of neonatology, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; March of Dimes 2011 Premature Birth Report Card


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