The preterm birth rate rose to 9.8 percent in 2016, up 2 percent from 9.6 in 2015, marking the second consecutive increase after steady declines over the previous 7 years. The March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card reveals racial/ethnic and geographic disparities signifying that babies have a higher chance of a premature birth based simply on race/ethnicity and zip code.
Prematurity Campaign Collaborative to address the persistent health inequities and rising rate of preterm birth in the United States. Through the Collaborative, hundreds of organizations and experts work together on the shared challenge to “Achieve Equity and Demonstrated Improvements in Preterm Birth.” If you’d like to join the Collaborative or receive its newsletter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prematurity Campaign activities fall in five main areas:
1. Research and discovery
2. Care innovation and community engagement
5. Family-centered newborn intensive care units (NICUs)
Prematurity Campaign activities are based on the latest data and scientific evidence. State prematurity profiles and other prematurity data are available on Peristats.
March of Dimes annual Premature Birth Report Cards, issued every November since 2008, assign letter grades to the nation, 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico based on the latest available data on preterm birth rates. Report Cards highlight priority areas for action with county and racial/ethnic disparities data and a disparity ratio. Report Cards have elevated the issue of prematurity among thought leaders, policy-makers and the public.