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-- he's -- leading cause of newborn deaths in the United States affecting nearly one out of every eight babies premature -- births are not only increasingly common but the cause of many lifelong disabilities and people.
After Jennifer how is the president March of Dimes foundation she's here with their 2012.
Premature birth report card for every state and what you need to know good decent house to see you so this comes out today the report card.
On average the United States is doing average were a seat.
That's right that's right.
We're on the right track that we can be doing a lot better the United States has one of the highest rates of preterm birth of any country in the world.
But we've been getting progressively better for the last five years so that's the good news and the other news is that we're on the right track and we just need to.
Keep focused and do the right things right policies and good leadership and this cost millions and billions of dollars and -- be premature for it does the institute of medicine estimates 26 billion dollars a year in Texas health care costs related to pre maturity so.
We have a good economic reason to.
Prevent this condition.
So I service a volunteer spokesperson for March of Dimes I was honored to be at your national conference of leadership volunteers a couple weeks ago in Florida where you release the great news.
That there are now four states that have achieved an a grade Vermont -- Hampshire Maine what are they doing right.
They're doing practically everything right for maternal and child health they've got there -- pregnant women -- to good health care coverage.
-- smoking cessation programs.
And -- very very good job data integration between clinics and hospitals and providers.
They're just doing a wonderful job but the rest of the states.
Are moving in the right direction as well -- also you have a petition merchandise dot com right now you -- like the White House purple which is the color March of -- you look at just go to the website yes go to March of -- dot com and signed the petition to like the White House purple this is a day of awareness for the half million families.
Every year who have babies born pre pre term.
So we think it's very important -- rallying cry doctor how it's great to see you.
And congratulations on success thank you --
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