March of Dimes

5:13 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

March of Dimes Report: Valley's Premature Birth Rate Still High

Sarah Hinman Yenser's daughter was born almost four months early.
Rebecca Plevin Valley Public Radio

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.

"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, director of the Fresno County Department of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, said at a press conference this morning.

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