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North Louisiana has a serious problem with premature births. Whereas nationwide, one in eight babies arrive early — before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy — the rate in this region is one in four.
According to the March of Dimes website, premature babies are at increased risk for newborn health complications, such as breathing problems and even death. Additionally, premature babies also face an increased risk of lasting disabilities, such as mental retardation, learning and behavioral problems, cerebral palsy, lung problems and vision and hearing loss.