Premature births: How Kent Co., Grand Rapids rank

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — March of Dimes’ annual premature birth report card is out and Michigan didn’t fair well.

The state’s preterm birth rate rose slightly to 10.2 percent last year, higher than the national average of 9.9 percent. Last year also marked the fourth consecutive year Michigan’s preterm birth rate worsened and the third consecutive year the U.S. rate rose.

>>PDF: March of Dimes 2018 Premature Birth Report Card

Overall, March of Dimes gave Michigan a “C” rating. Kent County also received a “C” grade with a preterm birth rate of 9.9 percent.

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