The annual premature birth rate report cards by the March of Dimes scored Montgomery County highest in the region with Delaware County landing in the middle, writes John George for Philadelphia Business Journal.
The report found that Montgomery County had the lowest premature birth rate in the region, earning a grade B with 8.5 percent, while Philadelphia scored lowest with a D at 10.7 percent.
Delaware County received a C along with Bucks and New Castle, with premature birth rates ranging from 9.5-10.1 percent.
The nonprofit organization also said that preterm birth rates had worsened for the first time in eight years, going from 9.57 percent in 2014 to 9.63 percent.
Additionally, it noted that compared to white women, preterm birth rates were 48 and 15 percent higher for among African-American women and American Indian women respectively.
“The March of Dimes strives for a world where every baby has a fair chance, yet we see this is not the reality for many mothers and babies,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, March of Dimes’s president