The March of Dimes recently released its “Premature Birth Report Card.” Florida was awarded an F for its percentage of early deliveries. There were 17 other states that also received an F grade for the percentage of early deliveries. Deliveries that are considered early include naturally-occurring pre-term births as well as elective Cesarean Sections and early inductions.
According to the organization, the United States, as a whole, received a D. The March of Dimes would like to see the number of early births cut in half. To do so, the March of Dimes has suggested that healthcare providers focus on the three major factors that lead to early birth: smoking, elective birth before 39 weeks, and lack of health insurance coverage. Elective birth is particularly exasperating for researchers, because it represents mothers and doctors deliberately deciding to deliver a baby before the baby is due, usually to accommodate the doctor’s or the mother’s schedule.
Cutting back on the number of pre-term births helps the baby live a healthier and happier life according to medical researchers and providers; every extra day a baby stays inside its mother helps it develop its brain and makes it more likely to be healthy at birth. That can prevent future learning problems, which helps not only the family but society as well. Nine months is such a short time in a person’s life. Expectant mothers should follow their doctor’s advice and educate themselves on how to make sure their baby is as healthy as possible. Read more about the report card from the March of Dimes at Florida gets F on early births.