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Premature Birth Rates Study

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Fewer babies are being born premature in the United States. The March of Dimes tracked a drop since 2006 from 12.8% to 11.7% just last year.

This comes after a national campaign urged doctors to avoid scheduling early deliveries without a medical reason. But the same can't be said about Louisiana. The march of dimes gives the state an **F** for premature births.

15.6% of births were premature last year. According to their report three factors measured in the study including smoking among women of child-bearing age, uninsured women resulting in improper care and late premature births, meaning births between 34 and 36 weeks. The nonprofit's goal is to get the states rate to about 9 percent. the group believes, waiting to deliver until full term benefits not only babies, but our economy, as well.

According to March of Dimes Community Director Melody Weiss, almost 26 million dollars is spent on Medicaid to help either a mother that was induced to early or for babies who were born too early and now have complications. Women's and Children's Hospital has joined the mission to reducing the premature rate in Louisiana.

Since last year they have opted to not do elective inductions prior to 39 weeks. If you'd like more information about the March of Dimes, visit their website at www.marchofdimes.com

Rob Malia

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