Published in Women's Health Weekly, March 4th, 2004
Nationwide, the rate of premature births jumped 13% between 1992 and 2002, with seven states showing increases of 30% or more.
"This is alarming news," says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. "Premature birth is now the most common, serious and costly infant health problem facing our nation.
"Last year annual hospitalization of these infants cost $13.6 billion. As a nation we must address this growing crisis in infant health and make it a priority."
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