Vermont leads the nation in terms of preventing preterm birth, according to a new report from the March of Dimes.

Preterm birth, or birth before 37 weeks gestation, is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, according to a 2006 Institute of Medicine report.

Here’s a look at how each state fared, according to the report:

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