Celebrated Internationally on November 17th, the World Prematurity Day acknowledges the journeys of preterm infants and their families as well as raises awareness of the challenges faced by children born preterm and their families.
The statistics are staggering, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) every year 15 million babies are born premature worldwide. Sadly, more than one million of these babies die and many more face serious, lifelong health challenges. Preterm birth is truly a problem that can happen to any one of us, irrespective of the country we live in, our culture or socioeconomic status. Giving birth to a child is one of the paramount, most positive experiences in life. Having a baby born preterm is a significant trauma for families, both emotionally and financially.
Raising awareness of preterm birth is the first step to defeating it. Preterm birth rates could be significantly reduced and lowered through overall information and improved treatment and care.
Let’s get behind this worthy cause and celebrate our survivors, grieve the sweet babies that have been lost and share knowledge so we can help others. If you want to know how you can get behind this worthy cause too visit WHO here
Just a small gesture goes a long way x