Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Premature birth on the rise, see how you can help

Premature Birth is Still on the Rise
The March of Dimes speaks up for babies every day -- and on Prematurity Awareness Day, we make sure even the smallest babies are heard.
The March of Dimes has released a Premature Birth Report Card for the nation and every state. We scored a D overall because the number of babies born too soon in our country is 60 percent higher than the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2010 objective of 7.6 percent. State-by-state grades are also available in the Report Card. Visit and find out how your state measures up.
For the past few weeks, we've been asking everyone to sign our online Petition for Preemies and help us send a message to our newly elected local and national officials. Thousands of caring people have already responded. If you were one of them, thank you for your support! If you missed it, go to Don't forget, you can sign up for advocacy alerts to make sure you won't miss any opportunities in your area and nationally.
You can help by sending this message along to family and friends!

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