NC has a rising rate of premature births. The state has a plan to improve.

North Carolina has a high rate of premature births and infant deaths. The state is working to improve, says Belinda Pettiford, head of the women's health branch at NC DHHS.
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North Carolina has a high rate of premature births and infant deaths. The state is working to improve, says Belinda Pettiford, head of the women's health branch at NC DHHS.

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