GAINESVILLE, Fla., (WCJB) Every November the March of Dimes report is released and this year the numbers have worsened.
Florida has a C- grade for premature births, ranking 33rd in the U.S.
Premature birth rates in the state are at 10.3% and findings show that these rates are related to the health of moms before she gets pregnant.
"If a mother starts her pregnancy with underlying medical conditions that particularly are not under a doctor's care these she's much more likely to have medical complications and need to deliver that baby prematurely," said Karen Harris, program director for the OBGYN resident at North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Also in Florida, premature birth rates among African American women is 52% higher than the rate among all other women.
Harris says 20 women die every day from pregnancy complications. For the full report visit our Related Links tab.