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California receives 'A' grade on Preterm Birth Report Card
Date:11/4/2013

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Nov. 1, 2013 California has improved its grade on the March of Dimes 2013 Premature Birth report card, moving from a 'B' grade in 2012 to an 'A' grade in 2013.

California is giving more babies a healthy start in life and contributing to a six-year trend of improvement nationwide. California earned the 'A' report card for lowering its preterm birth rate to 9.6 percent, which is especially impressive as one out of every eight babies is born in California, which accounts for 12 percent of all births in the United States, and the state has one of the most diverse populations.

"We're proud of California's improved grade on the report card, joining only 5 other states and the District of Columbia in receiving a better grade," said Karyn DeMartini, State Director of the California Chapter of March of Dimes. "California has been a leader in the fight to prevent premature birth, developing the toolk
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Contact: Sheri A. Lunn
slunn@marchofdimes.com
818-539-2191
March of Dimes Foundation
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