ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – March of Dimes announced today that the State of New Mexico has received a “B” grade on the 2015 Premature Birth Report Card. The Premature Birth Report Card shows developments on the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign, which aims to reduce preterm birth rates throughout the United States. New Mexico has improved, as the state received a “C” on last year’s report.
Worldwide, 15 million babies are born preterm, and nearly one million die due to an early birth and its complications. Babies who survive an early birth face serious and lifelong health problems including breathing problems, jaundice, vision loss, cerebral palsy, and intellectual delays.
March of Dimes New Mexico Chapter has several programs in place to decrease preterm births including a toolkit for hospitals to reduce early elective deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy. Some of those include smoking cessation support, and programs that provide prenatal care, health assessments, education, and group support throughout the state.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.