Fort Wayne, State Gets C Grades for Fighting Premature Births

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Fort Wayne, and Indiana for that matter, are doing an average job fighting premature births.

That's according to the March of Dimes, who have issued their first ever Premature Birth Report Card. Fort Wayne was given a C for its ability to fight premature death. 

It's the same score that the entire state of Indiana received, matches Evansville's score, and beats the D grade Indianapolis got and the F grade that Gary received. 

The March of Dimes is hoping the report card can help local leaders look at how to reduce pre-term birth rates and develop programs that meet the needs of their local communities.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Department of Health says premature deaths fell a half a percent, from 10.1 to 9.6 percent, across Indiana from 2009 until 2013.