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U.S. Preterm Birth Rate Continues to Drop: Report
Date:11/13/2012

s should applaud that progress, but when you look at the map, there are still many states that need to refocus and redouble their efforts," Campbell said.

Campbell agreed that the three factors singled out by the March of Dimes are important, but added that "there are a lot of other factors we don't have a good handle on. The rates of preterm birth for babies less than 32 weeks have stayed steady for about two decades. For these tiniest of babies, we still don't have a full understanding of how to prevent preterm birth."

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Learn more about the signs of preterm labor from the March of Dimes.

SOURCES: Edward McCabe, M.D., M.P.H., medical director, March of Dimes, White Plains, N.Y.; Deborah Campbell, M.D., director, division of neonatology, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; March of Dimes 2012 Premature Birth Report Card


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