March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card Map (image) March of Dimes Foundation Share Print E-Mail Caption The United States received a "D" on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card, when national preterm birth rates are measured against the Healthy People 2010 goals. The United States has a high rate of preterm birth compared to top scoring states and, notably, most industrialized countries. Eight states earned a better grade on the third annual report card and 32 others and the District of Columbia saw their preterm birth rates improve. Credit March of Dimes Usage Restrictions Please Credit the March of Dimes Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.