In New York State, the rate of preterm birth is nine percent. In Albany County, that number is 11 percent, which translates to about 323 babies born too soon.

Hoping to reduce the rate of premature births, the county is launching the Albany County Prematurity Improvement Network.

The partnership includes March of Dimes and Albany Promise, working together to improve birth outcomes in the county. 

“There will be no one thing that we can do to change this outcome," said Juliette Price, the director of Albany Promise. "But together doing lots of different things, we can reduce the rate.”

She says they will focus on helping high risk mothers, making sure they have the support they need to carry the baby.

Officials say several factors can cause premature births, including stress and previous medical conditions.