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Vermont Earns an "A" for Premature Birth Rate 

Published December 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

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When the March of Dimes released its 2014 Premature Birth Report Card in November, Vermont was one of just five states that earned an "A." According to the report, in 2013, Vermont had the lowest premature birth rate in the country. Just 8.1 percent of Vermont babies were born prematurely, spending less than 37 weeks in utero; that's well below the national average of 11.4 percent. The nonprofit foundation notes that babies born early run a higher risk of developing a wide range of health problems. Vermont's A rating means healthier babies and lower health care costs.

2014 Premature Birth Report Card: Find the report at marchofdimes.org/reportcard.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

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Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.

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