2018 Premature Birth Report Cards

Moms and babies face higher risks than ever before. The preterm birth rate in the United States has worsened for a third year, rising to 9.93 percent in 2017. Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in this country and globally. March of Dimes is working to solve this problem, and the most serious health threats to moms and babies, so all families can get the best possible start.

Choose your state to see how it ranks on this year’s Report Card.

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Grades:
State of Alabama
GRADE
F
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
12.0
State of Alaska
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.0
State of Arizona
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.3
State of Arkansas
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
11.4
State of California
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.7
State of Colorado
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.8
State of Connecticut
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.5
State of Delaware
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.2
State of Florida
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.2
State of Georgia
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
11.4
State of Hawaii
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.5
State of Idaho
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.8
State of Illinois
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.4
State of Indiana
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.9
State of Iowa
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.2
State of Kansas
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.6
State of Kentucky
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
11.1
State of Louisiana
GRADE
F
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
12.7
State of Maine
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.7
State of Maryland
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.5
State of Massachusetts
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.9
State of Michigan
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.3
State of Minnesota
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.9
State of Mississippi
GRADE
F
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
13.6
State of Missouri
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.6
State of Montana
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.5
State of Nebraska
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.9
State of Nevada
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.7
State of New Hampshire
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.4
State of New Jersey
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.4
State of New Mexico
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.2
State of New York
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.0
State of North Carolina
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.5
State of North Dakota
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.8
State of Ohio
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.4
State of Oklahoma
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
11.1
State of Oregon
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.4
State of Pennsylvania
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.4
State of Puerto Rico
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
11.4
State of Rhode Island
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.3
State of South Carolina
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
11.2
State of South Dakota
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.3
State of Tennessee
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
11.1
State of Texas
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.6
State of Utah
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.4
State of Vermont
GRADE
A
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
7.5
State of Virginia
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.5
State of Washington
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.4
State of Washington, DC
GRADE
D
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
10.6
State of West Virginia
GRADE
F
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
11.9
State of Wisconsin
GRADE
C
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
9.6
State of Wyoming
GRADE
B
PRETERM
BIRTH RATE
8.9

Source: Preterm birth rates are from the National Center for Health Statistics, 2017 final natality data. Grades assigned by March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center.