While other parents are counting happy milestones -- baby's first smile, first tooth, first step -- the parents of premature babies are counting heartbeats. Premature babies aren't just small. Many of them -- more than one million babies each year -- won't make it to their first birthday.
More newborn die from prematurebirth than from any other cost. Yet, 75% of these deaths can be preventable, even without intensive care.
Funding is needed to improve care in countries around the world -- from low-cost steroid shots to promote lung development, to wider adoption of "kangaroo mother care" (the profoundly beneficial practice of skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her newborn child). And research is needed to identify the causes of premature birth, and develop treatments and preventions.
Raising awareness of premature birth is the first step to defeating it. Please help us spread the word.
Also, check out some events that UAB Women & Infants Center has planned for Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day activities. For more information on these events, please contact Amy Mueller, NICU Family Support Specialist at email@example.com. And don't miss the fountain in front of the UAB Women and Infants Center! They've changed it purple in honor of Prematurity Awareness Month!
What if one day, millions of people around the world joined together for premature babies? That's the idea behind World Prematurity Day. On November 17, join us in creating a surge of awareness around the critical problem of premature birth.
Dozens of organizations around the world are working to improve the health of babies in their countries. Follow what's going on at our Facebook page and help spread the word!