The March of Dimes released a State by State Report Card for all 50 states including the State of Florida. A summary of the report was reported at the USA Today Web Site – Pre-Mature Births Continue to be a Persistent Problem in the United States. Among all States, Vermont ranked number 1 in having the lowest percentage of pre-mature births. Mississippi was at the bottom of the list. A pre-mature birth is considered to be a birth before 37 weeks of gestation. Every year there are over 500,000 pre-term births. These births account for the leading cause of death and major permanent injuries and disabilities to children according to the March of Dimes.