Maternal and infant health at risk in Alabama as health care deserts worsen

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Maternal and infant health in Alabama once again ranks among the worst in the United States, according to new, annual research from March of Dimes. 

The nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of moms and babies in the U.S. published its 2022 Report Card this month, giving Alabama a failing grade for its preterm birth rate. In the last year, 13.1% of babies born in the state have been preterm, meaning before 37 weeks of pregnancy. 

This is the highest rate Alabama has seen since March of Dimes began its record in 2011, and it is only lower than Louisiana, with a rate of 13.5%, and Mississippi, with a rate of 15.0%. 

Preterm babies can have problems with vision, learning abilities, hearing and other aspects of development. 

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