Nov. 17 is World Prematurity Awareness Day

Nov. 17 is World Prematurity Awareness Day

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - November 17 is World Prematurity Awareness Day.

The March of Dimes' recent annual report on pre-term births gave Alabama an F. According to the report, Alabama's pre-term birth rate is at 12 percent for 2016, which is 0.3 percent higher than last year.

The report also found that race and where you live was the greatest determining factors for babies facing a higher risk of preterm birth. According to the study, the preterm birth rate among Africa American women is 49 percent higher than the rate among all other women and location is important, while Shelby County received an A grade, Montgomery, Madison, and Mobile counties all received an F.

The report grades every state individually, and the country as a whole. The United States received a C grade.  More than 380,000 babies are born too soon in the United States every year.

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