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Lowering Wisconsin's premature birth rate even more

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin is improving its premature birth rate, but health officials say there's still room for improvement.

According to the March of Dimes, Wisconsin's preterm birth rate dropped from 11.4 percent in 2006 to 10.4 percent last year. The state got a "B" grade in the nonprofit's latest birth report card.

The preterm birth rate in the U.S. currently is also on the decline, but for this trend to continue, Christine Rader, the Wisconsin division director for the March of Dimes, says it's critical that the country focus on prevention.
Rader says in order to prevent preterm births, health professionals should eliminate early cesarean deliveries and induction of labor unless medically necessary. She also says smoking while pregnant is another major cause of preterm births.
If you would like to donate to help the March of Dimes improve those statistics, you can call 608-729-7799 or donate online.
Rader joined us on 27 News at 5 on Tuesday to discuss the latest March of Dimes report card.
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