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posted: 11/26/2012 4:08 PM

Too many preemies

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Too many preemies

One of eight babies in Illinois are born prematurely. Hospitals and advocacy groups are trying to reduce those numbers through these recommendations to state lawmakers:

• Better tracking of data to determine risk factors for premature births and best treatment options

• Eliminate elective early deliveries

• Prenatal education for Medicaid-eligible women who are at risk for preterm births

• Reduce racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy outcomes.

Source: Report by the Perinatal Advisory Committee of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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