ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – As November is Prematurity Awareness Month, March of Dimes has announced New Mexico’s 2014 Premature Birth Report Card. The state of New Mexico has received a “C” grade for the year of 2014, which is a slight set back from last year, according to Becky Horner. However, with the programs and resources March of Dimes has to offer women and families, they hope the state receives better marks next year.
Factors that may contribute to premature birth include smoking and the age of the pregnant woman. Very young and middle aged women are more likely to experience a pre-term birth than those who are in their 20’s and early 30’s. Still, those who experience the symptoms of a premature birth can actually receive treatment to keep the labor at bay, so to speak. And March of Dimes wants women to be aware of this.
If premature births can be reduced, it will not only improve the quality of life for many babies, but it will ultimately decrease the cost of healthcare substantially.