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:
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• 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.