Contact: Elizabeth Lynch
March of Dimes Foundation
Caption: Nearly 543,000 babies were born too soon in 2006, according to new government statistics release Wednesday. The nation's preterm birth rate (birth before 37 completed weeks gestation) rose to 12.8 percent in 2006 -- that's a 36 percent increase since the early 1980s.
Credit: March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center
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