Maine CDC was honored by the National March of Dimes last month with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Prematurity Leadership Award for decreasing the prematurity rate in the state from 9.9% in 2011 to 9.2%.
Dr. Sheila Pinette, Director of Maine CDC, pledged in 2011 to work to meet the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials' Presidential challenge to try to decrease the preterm birth rate in our state by 8% by 2014 (goal is 9).
This progress has been achieved through partnership and collaboration with more than 30 hospitals, insurance companies, and our strong perinatal/neonatal healthcare system in this state.
Maine delivers approximately 13,000 infants annually, with 1,030 born prior to 36 weeks gestation. Of those, approximately 22.6% will go on to die in the first year due to complications of prematurity. Maine has the fifth-lowest infant mortality rate in the nation.