The number of premature babies born throughout Indiana is on the way down.
The preterm birth rate for the state dropped to 10.9 percent in 2012.
This drop helped Indiana earn a “B” on the March of Dimes Preterm Birth Report Card. As an entirety, the nation earns a “C” ranking.
A preterm birth happens anytime a woman delivers before 37 weeks. These type of births cost the U.S. more than $26 billion in medical expenses annually, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Preterm births are also the leading cause of death among newborns.
The report card compares each state’s preterm birth rate to the March of Dimes goal of 9.6 percent by 2020.
To find out more on the organization's report visit the March of Dimes’