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Why Are Premature Birth Rates On The Rise Again? : Shots - Health News

Why Are Premature Birth Rates On The Rise Again? : Shots - Health News

The rate of Maryland babies born prematurely jumped to 10.5 percent in 2017 from 10.1 percent the year before, according to a report released Thursday by the March of Dimes.

Premature birth rates in the U.S. have risen for the third year in a row, a new report has found.

The statistics mirrored a national trend; the overall USA preterm birth rate rose to 9.93 percent of births in 2017 from 9.85 percent in 2016.

"We assign grades to the country and to different states for their rates of premature birth", explained March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart.

Another 2004 study found that 50 percent of black women with preterm deliveries reported having experienced racial discrimination compared to five percent of white women. "Certain racial and ethnic minorities and lower socioeconomic regions are at higher risk of preterm birth in U.S.", Wider says.

This is a concerning trend because babies born prematurely are more at risk of developmental problems and developmental delays later in life. The lowest rates of preterm births were seen in Vermont at 7.5 percent.

Black women are also three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Delivering programs to improve the care that moms and babies receive.

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Stewart says a big way to drive this rate down "as a country" is by participating in next week's mid-term elections.

On an individual level, there are a few things women can do to lower the chances they'll have a premature birth.

Apart from the mothers' unequal access to health care, research has also shown how racial discrimination affects preterm births in that the African-American mothers who experience chronic stress from racism have higher risks of preterm births compared to those who don't.

Some experts have said that there is inequality in healthcare access.

A 2013 Harvard study that showed that black women in Jim Crow states had a higher rate of infant mortality than in other states. March of Dimes gave the USA a C, too.

Rhode Island has lowered its preterm birth rate steadily since 2007, when the rate was 10.8 percent. MS had the highest rate of preterm births at 13.6 percent followed by Louisiana with 12.7 percent. In 2017, it dropped to 8.3 percent. "We really wanted to make sure we could maximize women who had health insurance coverage during pregnancy, as well as postpartum." says Clyne. It also helps ensure they have a minimum birth spacing of 18 months between two pregnancies, which also helps cut risks.

March of Dimes identified several areas to improve the health of moms and babies, including improving access to preventive and supportive care, group prenatal care, advancing research and advocating for policies that protect moms and babies. The screening is for all women of reproductive age, and asks them one question: 'Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?' "Are they going through all the steps to ensure that they are taken care of all through their pregnancy?"

Doctors studied the blood of women who had recorded premature birth before 34 weeks of pregnancy. "If we don't have a system that allows access to those interventions, we run the risk of seeing even larger disparities, instead of a narrowing of that gap", she says.

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