‘Toxic stress’ drives preterm birth numbers – Arkansas gets D in March of Dimes report card

February 8, 2016

Arkansas can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to public health. In the last year it has ranked not only as one of the 10 most obese states, but also one of the least healthy.

Now the March of Dimes has given Arkansas a D in its 2016 pre-term birth report card, ranking it the 33rd worst in the country. While not as low compared to where Arkansas stands on other health problems, it is a problem that is often linked to the other two.

In order to receive a D grade, a preterm birth rate of 10.4 percent to 11.4 percent is required. An F goes to states that have a rate of 11.5 percent or higher. In order to get an A, the state’s preterm rate must be below 8.1 percent.

In 2014, which is the most recent data available for use, one in 10 babies, 10.8 percent of live births, was born preterm in Arkansas. This is a 0.8 percent increase from the prior year where the number was at 10 percent.

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