Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death in the United States.
Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, lung problems, vision and hearing loss, and learning disabilities.
Every parent-to-be wants to have a healthy baby. But it doesn’t always happen that way. Nearly a half million babies each year are born too small, too soon here in the United States, and worldwide, that figure jumps to more than 15 million babies. Because these babies are premature, their lungs aren’t ready and their brains aren’t ready for them to be born.
Each year, nearly 30,000 babies in Florida suffer the consequences of being born too soon. Awareness is the first step to solving this problem.
We must do more to help babies be born stronger and healthier.
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