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California gets “B” for preterm births
Sacramento Business Journal

California received a “B” on the March of Dimes 2011 Premature Birth Report Card, but there’s bigger news about improvements made in the state’s preterm birth rate. Preterm birth — birth before 37 weeks — is a serious health problem that costs the U.S. more than $26 billion annually, according to the Institute of Medicine. It is the leading cause of newborn death and babies who survive often face significant health challenges.