Declining Premature Birth Rate in the News

Jason Baxter, MD, 53680671

Dr. Jason Baxter

CBS3 Philly recently highlighted a new March of Dimes’ report card that grades the country and each state on how many babies are born before reaching full term. Babies born before 37 weeks, can have a number health problems and often require longer hospital stays after birth than full-term babies.

This year, the United States received a ‘C’ rating, with 1 out of every 9 babies being premature. Pennsylvania and New Jersey both ranked higher than the national average, with a ‘B.’

While this data is alarming, high-risk obstetrician Jason Baxter, MD of Jefferson’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology explained to CBS that the reports also contains a kernel of good news.

“For the sixth year in a row now we’ve seen the rates of premature births in this country decline”s Dr. Baxter told CBS3. “We’re at the lowest rate now that we’ve had so far this century.”

You can read the full story online here.

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