child health http://kvpr.org en March of Dimes Report: Valley's Premature Birth Rate Still High http://kvpr.org/post/march-dimes-report-valleys-premature-birth-rate-still-high <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California has reduced its premature birth rate. The rate has dropped to 9.6 percent, earning the state an A on the March of Dimes annual report card for the first time.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"But unfortunately in the Central Valley, we’re still at a grade of C, although we’re trending downward on pre-term birth rates, as the state is," Gail Newel,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">director of the Fresno County Department of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, said at a press conference this morning.</span></p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 00:13:03 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 23923 at http://kvpr.org March of Dimes Report: Valley's Premature Birth Rate Still High