The odds of having a premature baby are 12.2 percent in Kansas. A March of Dimes report released today mapped the stark state-by-state disparities in what it called a ``report card'' on prematurity, to track progress toward meeting a federal goal of lowering preterm births.
Kansas ranked in the middle. The government's goal: No more than 7.6 percent of babies born before completion of the 37th week of pregnancy higher. The report found a link between prematurity and high rates of smoking and a lack of insurance.
In Kansas, 17 percent of women of childbearing age lack insurance and 19.8 percent of them smoke.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.