The nation’s preterm birth rate declined slightly in 2007 a finding that the March of Dimes hopes will prove to be the start of a new trend in improved maternal and infant health. Vermont had the lowest rate in the nation at 9.2 percent; New Hampshire was second at 9.4 percent. They were the only two states under 10 percent.The preterm birth rate declined for babies born at 34-36 weeks gestation (late preterm) and among babies born to African American and white women.”We’re encouraged by this drop in the preterm birth rate, and hope that the emphasis we’ve put on the problem of late preterm birth is beginning to make a difference,” said Jennifer L. Howse, Ph.D., president of the March of Dimes. “Through our Prematurity Campaign, we can build on this success and begin to give more babies a healthy start in life.”The rate of preterm births (less than 37 weeks gestation) dropped to 12.7 percent from 12.8 percent in 2006, a small but statistically significant decrease, according to preliminary birth data for 2007 released by the National Center for Health Statistics.The preterm birth rate has increased by 36 percent since the 1980s, and despite the decline in the 2007 preterm birth rate, the number of babies born too soon continues to top more than 540,000 each year.Preterm birth is a serious health problem that costs the United States more than $26 billion annually, according to the Institute of Medicine. It is the leading cause of newborn death and babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifetime health challenges, such as breathing problems, mental retardation and others. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon (34-36 weeks gestation, also known as late preterm birth) have higher rates of death and disability than full-term babies.The March of Dimes has a four-point plan to help reduce the preterm birth rate in the United States, which calls for:1. A voluntary review of all cesarean-section births and inductions of labor that occur before 39 weeks gestation, to ensure they meet established American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines regarding medical necessity of elective procedures.2. Expanded federal support for prematurity-related research to uncover the causes of premature birth, strategies for prevention, and improved care and outcomes for preterm infants.3. Policymakers to improve access to health coverage for women of childbearing age and to support smoking cessation programs as part of maternity care.4. Businesses to create workplaces that support maternal and infant health, such as providing private areas to pump breast milk, access to flextime, and information about how to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. For detailed national, state, and county perinatal data, visit marchofdimes.com/peristats.
However, someone didn’t get that memo. Over the weekend, a fan spotted an unfamiliar jersey at a local Dick’s Sporting Goods store and shared a picture of it on Twitter saying, “possible leak of the bears alternate for this year?” Related News Spoiler alert! It appears like the Bears’ designs for their new throwback uniforms might have leaked early.Chicago is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019 and will be commemorating the occasion in a special way. The Bears will wear a new throwback uniform this season, which was originally going to be unveiled Friday. Titans’ Adam Humphries explains decision to pass on Patriots Roger Goodell says 4 preseason games not ‘necessary any more’ Chicago will also sport its traditional navy uniform and white uniform, as well as an orange jersey.The threads were finally revealed Friday.You guys ready for these??Our classic look is officially here for #Bears100. pic.twitter.com/1IuMbo1iEr— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 8, 2019 @UniWatch possible leak of the bears alternate for this year? pic.twitter.com/X4xmd02LGg— Strum00 (@Strum0085) June 1, 2019The fan’s assumption isn’t far off reports of what could be in store this year.The “new” throwback jersey is identical to the top worn during the 1936 season, with stripes on the shoulders and sleeves. It’s something coach Matt Nagy is a big fan of.”I love the stripes,” Nagy said at the NFL owners meetings in March. “I love the stripes that we have. I want stripes everywhere.”POSSIBLE RETAIL LEAK: @ChicagoBears jersey spotted by @Strum0085 at a Dick’s in Algonquin, IL, appears to be a throwback based on the 1936 uni. Team is set to unveil a new throwback on Friday, so we’ll find out soon enough if this is legit. pic.twitter.com/CpCzNFlB4M— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) June 1, 2019The 100th anniversary jersey will be one of four uniforms the Bears will wear this season.