Federal data shows more babies being born too soon for 4th year in a row

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More babies were born too soon in 2018 for the 4th year in a row, according to new federal data released Wednesday. The health of pregnant women and babies in the U.S. is getting worse.

March of Dimes has released a statement regarding the new federal report that says in part, “As the leading nonprofit for the health of all moms and babies, March of Dimes is working to reverse this trend through advocacy, research and patient education/support programs to prevent preterm birth.”

The National Center for Health Statistics released data showing the preterm birth rate rose to just over 10% in 2018, up from 9.93% in 2017, marking an increase for the fourth year in a row.

The study released Wednesday equates to more than 3,000 additional preterm births.

Premature birth and its complications contribute to death in the first year of life in the US and worldwide.

Women under age 35 have lower birth rates, while women in their late 30s and early 40s have higher birth rates than in previous years.

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(This story was originally published on May 15, 2019)

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