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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Minnesota gets a "C" on pre-term births

The March of Dimes released it's national Premature Birth Report Card today. While the U.S. as a whole is getting a "D," Minnesota is only doing slightly better with a "C." Grades were assigned by comparing the states' pre-term birth rates to the national Healthy People 2010 objective of 7.6 percent of all live births.

The report card calls for several actions, including a voluntary evaluation by hospital leaders of all cesareans and labor inductions
that occur before 39 weeks gestation. According to the report card, "about 1 in 13 live births in Minnesota is late preterm (34-36 weeks gestation). The rise in late preterm births has been linked to rising rates of early induction of labor and c-sections."

To view the report card, click here. To sign the related petition, click here.

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