Louisiana, Mississippi top list of states for preterm births
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana and Mississippi are at the top of states when it comes to preterm births.
NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune says a recent report from the March of Dimes gave Louisiana an 'F' rating and the second-highest preterm birth rate in the country.
University of Wisconsin-Madison studying placentas
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are studying placentas from births at a local hospital to identify structural changes in fetal membranes that could help determine when a premature birth is likely to occur.
The Morgridge Institute for Research this month began studying four placentas from UnityPoint Health-Meriter, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The study could examine up to 70 placentas, which are typically discarded.
Louisianans bank breast milk for ill infants
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Babies born too early have a greater chance of death before they reach their first birthday.
Greyson Kapes isn’t yet a month old, but he’s already battling for his life.
The son of Amanda Kapes, Greyson came into the world with a congenital heart defect, leukemia and Down syndrome.
It’s been touch and go since his premature birth Jan. 5 — and his health isn’t improving.
Silva says son ‘fighting day by day’ after premature birth
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City playmaker David Silva says his son is "fighting day by day" after being born prematurely.
The Spain international missed two of City's four games over the festive period to return to his native country for what the Premier League club said were personal issues.
Infant mortality rate highest since 2008
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's infant mortality rate has increased based on 2016 data, state health officials said.
The Alabama Department of Public Health, in a news release Thursday, said the rate of 9.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016 is the highest since 2008. That represents the deaths of 537 infants who did not reach 1 year of age. There were 59,090 live births that year.
HUNTINGTON — Nearly 12 percent of babies delivered in West Virginia are now born premature — placing the Mountain State (11.8 percent) fourth behind Mississippi (13.6 percent), Louisiana (12.6 percent) and Alabama (12 percent) for the highest percentage of preterm births.
Those relatively high rates have earned each of those states an F grade from the March of Dimes' 2017 Premature Birth Report Card.
Virginia’s rate of premature births is on the rise
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's rate of babies born prematurely has reached its highest point in seven years, yet researchers say the reason remains a mystery.
Cleveland’s premature birth rate worst in nation, March of Dimes report says
Cleveland's premature birth rate worst in nation, March of Dimes report says
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland's premature birth rate is the worst among 100 U.S. cities with the highest number of births, according to a new report from the March of Dimes released today.
The city's rate of 14.9 percent is more than two and a half times that of the best ranked city, Irvine, California, at 5.8 percent.
Detroit seeks to reduce early births, infant mortality
DETROIT (AP) — A new effort led by Detroit and Wayne State University seeks to reduce premature births and infant mortality in the city.
Mayor Mike Duggan recently announced a citywide effort to reduce preterm birth and infant mortality with SisterFriends Detroit and Make Your Date Detroit . It includes pairing medical resources with community-based support to help mothers and babies.
It was a soggy Saturday, but that didn't put a damper on things at the March for Babies at Headwaters Park.
The march, put on by the March of Dimes, drew several hundred people who walked 3.5 miles through town despite intermittent light rain.
The March of Dimes was established in 1938 to combat polio, but in 1958, after a polio vaccine was developed, the organization changed its focus to preventing birth defects and infant mortality and dealing with premature births.
As the new national president of the Washington-D.C-based March of Dimes, Stacey D. Stewart is leading the organization’s efforts to ensure that all babies have a healthy start.
The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Stewart became the organization’s first African American president in January.
Eleven of the area's top chefs showed off their culinary chops at the 25th anniversary March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, Nov. 3 at Rochester International Event Center.
The evening included a tasting reception for guests to sample appetizers and entrees from the chefs, both live and silent auctions, and a program sharing the March of Dimes mission and the ambassador family's story of premature birth.
Experts don't fully understand why premature births increased in 2015 for the first time in eight years, but they are worried about it.
"It was shocking to know that sometimes moms can be doing everything right and they still may go into premature labor," said Jackie Garbinsky, a spokeswoman for the March of Dimes East Region. "That’s part of the reason why we’re so passionate about funding research to find out those causes."
The rate of babies born prematurely in New Mexico in 2015 increased from the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday by the March of Dimes Foundation, which for the first time in seven years dropped the state a letter grade in its annual study on preterm birth rates nationwide.
MISSOULA — Jane Ellsperman celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday by wearing her favorite T-shirt, which read “Made in 1916 – All Original Parts.”
Ellsperman, who lives at the Missoula Manor retirement home, also spent the day taking visits from friends and family and reminiscing about her extremely full and lengthy life.
In fact, she has been defying the odds since the day she came into this world.
Chris Pratt opens up about son’s premature birth in 2012
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Pratt has opened up about his son's premature birth while sharing his experience visiting a children's hospital.
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