Louisiana gets another 'F' for premature births
BATON ROUGE- A new national survey by the March of Dimes finds Louisiana continues to get a failing grade when it comes to the number of premature births.
Louisiana received an F on the report card that for the first time also graded the state's cities.
Louisiana's pre-term birth rate was 12.3 percent in 2014 - far shy of the March of Dimes 2020 goal of 8.1 percent. Baton Rouge and Shreveport had pre-term birth rates that were worse than the statewide rate - 13 percent and 18.8 percent, respectively. New Orleans and Lafayette were better than the state rate at 12.1 percent and 10.4 percent.
Frankie Robertson, director of the March of Dimes Louisiana, says Louisiana still has much work to do, and too many babies must fight to overcome the health challenges of an early birth.
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