Today is World Prematurity Day. As you know, premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. Babies born too early may have more health issues than babies born on time, and may face long-term health problems that affect the brain, the lungs, hearing or vision.

In 2016, the nation’s preterm birth rate worsened for the first time in eight years. Look at the latest March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card to see how the United States has taken a step backward. The current U.S. preterm birth rate is 9.6 percent — that’s a “C” grade amidst widening differences in prematurity rates across races and ethnicities.

Today (for Maddie), please visit Give Them Tomorrow to find out how you can help make prematurity a thing of the past.