Iowa earns a grade of C on a report card issued by the March of Dimes.
The rating measures the rate of premature births in the state, and it shows a disparity between the races.
The percentage of babies born before full term in Iowa is 9.3.
For blacks, it’s 11.7 percent.
The state director of programs and advocacy for the March of Dimes, Michelle Gogerty says it’s not clear why this disparity exists.
She says the state chapter is working to do something about it.