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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

More Babies Born Prematurely, New Report Shows

The preterm birth rate rose again in 2005 and preliminary data for 2006 show a continued increase, underscoring the urgent need for a sustained, comprehensive plan
to address this growing crisis.

"The more we learn about the terrible consequences of an early birth, the more determined the March of Dimes is to understand what causes preterm birth and how it can be prevented," says Dr. Jennifer Howse, president of the March of Dimes. "That's why we are supporting a U.S. Surgeon General's conference for 2008 to bring together experts and develop a national agenda to prevent preterm labor and delivery."

Today, the National Center for Health Statistics released final birth data for 2005 showing that the preterm birth rate, the percentage of babies born at less than 37 weeks gestation, is continuing its relentless rise, with more than 525,000 babies, or 12.7 percent, born prematurely. That's up from 12.5 percent in 2004 and the 2006 preliminary report indicates that the preterm birth rate will continue its upward trend and reach 12.8 percent, about 543,000 babies.

The preterm birth rate has increased more than 20 percent since 1990.

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Blogger MarchofDimesTeamYouth said...

WalkAmerica is now March for Babies!

You may have heard the news…March of Dimes has changed the name of our signature event, WalkAmerica. It’s now called March for Babies. Our new name makes it very clear who we’re walking for ― all babies.

Help your readers stay informed. Please update your blog with the new name and logo anywhere the WalkAmerica event is mentioned…every mention of our new event name helps spread the word about our name change and our new look.

Visit our Web site at http://www.marchforbabies.org/SpreadtheWord for our new logo and other materials to help us spread the word.

While our event name is different, our mission remains the same. March of Dimes is still the champion for babies – raising funds needed for research and programs that make a difference in the lives of babies and their families.

We appreciate your interest in the March of Dimes. Please don’t hesitate to e-mail our Media Representative mediainquiries@marchofdimes.com if you have any questions about our new name or our event.

One day all babies will be born healthy, but we have to walk to get there.

Thank you,
March for Babies Team

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