Kentucky receives “D” grade in premature birth report

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky has earned a “D” grade on the 2015 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. The report provides premature birth rates and grades major cities or counties in each state, including Puerto Rico. It also provides preterm birth rates by race and ethnicity for each state and applies a disparity index that ranks states.

Kentucky’s 2014 preterm birth rate was 10.7 percent, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The rate was worse than the new March of Dimes 2020 goal of 8.1 percent preterm births. Additionally, there are communities within Kentucky that are trailing behind the state’s rate. Kenton and Warren counties both had preterm birth rates worse than the statewide rate.

The Greater Kentucky March of Dimes Chapter is holding the Kentucky Perinatal Summit on November 6 in Lexington, Ky., to present the Report Card findings to the community.

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