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Preterm births decline in U.S., but some states show high rates
Los Angeles Times

The rate of preterm births has been getting better overall, but the U.S. still gets a “C” grade on the March of Dimes 2011 Premature Birth Report Card.

The report, issued Tuesday, shows that the country’s preterm birth rate has been decreasing since 2006, when it was 12.8%. In 2009 that rate was 12.2%, but still short of the March of Dimes’ goal of 9.6% by 2020.