The pre-term birth rate in Nebraska is improving. March of Dimes spokesperson Mary Larson says the stated earned a “B” on their latest premature birth report card.
Nebraska’s premature birth rate is 10.6%, down nearly two points since 2006. Larson says Nebraska already reached their 2014 goal.
Larson says efforts to end early elective deliveries helped lower the number of preterm births in the state. She is pleased that hospitals and physicians in Nebraska are working with the March of Dimes to help prevent low birth weight babies. She says better pre-pregnancy and prenatal care lowered the risk of early deliveries.
Nebraska is one of 16 states that earned a better grade on this year’s March of Dimes premature birth rate report card.