The new March of Dimes report card on Nebraska’s preterm birth rate is good news. Director of Program Services Mary Larson is also their advocate for government affairs and says the number of preterm births is down.
The term preterm birth rates refer to any birth before 39 weeks gestation. Larson says their “Healthy Babies Are Worth The Wait” program is working. She says they also support home visit programs for women in Scottsbluff and Pender that encourages women to keep medical appointments and classes and provide incentives to do so. Larsen says better prenatal care in general is very important as women are also doing much better in receiving medical care early. Women are also better managing health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes while pregnant as well.
Nebraska received a “B” on the March of Dimes report card with a preterm birth rate of 11.1%.