The rate of premature births declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2011 to 11.7%, the lowest rate in the past 10 years, according to a report released by the March of Dimes. Overall, the country was given a "C" rating on premature birth rates, and four states received an "A" for achieving the 9.6% preterm birth rate goal.
Premature birth rate in U.S. continues to drop
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