The March of Dimes has given the nation a “D.” Only a handful of states come close to its nationwide objective of 7.6% for premature births.
Vermont and Oregon rank first and second with 9.0% and 10.2%, respectively. At the bottom are Alabama and Lousiana, with 16.7% and 6.5%.
Among many other factors, the March of Dimes correlates the rapid rise of early inductions and early c-sections with the nation’s recent increase in premature births. Due dates are often inaccurate by as much as two weeks, which means that an induction or c-section at 38 weeks could mean delivery of a 36 week old “late pre-term” baby.