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      Alabama gets an "F" in Premature Birth Report Card

      The U.S. preterm birth rate dropped for the fifth consecutive year in 2011 to 11.7%.{} That is the lowest in a decade.{} Still, our country has a long way to go in reducing our rate of premature birth.

      There are 1 in 8 babies born too soon in the U.S.{} Therefore, the March of Dimes annual "Premature Birth Report Card" gave the U.S. a "C."{}

      Only four states - Vermont, Oregon, New Hampshire, and Maine earned an "A."{} The preterm birth rates in those states met the March of Dimes 9.6% goal.

      Alabama, along with Mississippi and Louisiana received an "F."{}

      Alabama had a 14.9% preterm birth rate in 2011.{} That is down from 15.6% in 2010.

      To see how all the state rank, click here.

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