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About 450,000 babies are born too soon each year.

With a grade of “C,” the Unites States has a long way to go to reducing the preterm birth rate.

With 1 in 9 babies born to soon, the U.S. birth rate is higher than that of most high-income countries.

In Louisiana the label reads “F.”

While the entire country has room for improvement in the premature birth department, locals in the Ruston-Lincoln Parish community are doing their part to help raise awareness.

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