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World Prematurity Day

Show your support for World Prematurity Day and join the fight to help premature babies with donations, volunteering, or raising awareness!
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Get ready to celebrate World Prematurity Day on November 17! This day was created in 2008 by the March of Dimes and Euro-NICU, an organization dedicated to improving neonatal care for premature babies. It's a special occasion that helps raise awareness about preterm birth and celebrates the courage of families affected by it. On this day, we honor all those battling prematurity as well as their caregivers who provide them with love, support, and hope.

History of World Prematurity Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2008</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Prematurity Day Creation</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Prematurity Day was first observed, created by the March of Dimes and Euro-NICU to raise awareness about preterm births.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Expansion</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Prematurity Day began expanding globally, with hospitals, organizations, and communities outside of Europe and the United States starting to observe the day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>International Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognizes World Prematurity Day, lending credibility and increasing its global visibility.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Prematurity Campaigns Launch</div><div class='timeline-text'>Prominent campaigns focusing on education, support for families, and access to quality care for premature babies are launched in conjunction with World Prematurity Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Advancements in Premature Care</div><div class='timeline-text'>Continuous advancements in medical technology and surfactant therapy significantly increase the survival rates of premature babies worldwide.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Prematurity Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Raise awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Host an event or join a march to raise awareness of preterm births and the struggles faced by premature babies and their families.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a cause</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a charity that supports premature babies and their families, such as March of Dimes or Miracle Babies, and donate to make a difference.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Contact your local hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and see if they need volunteers to help out with premature babies.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you or someone you know has had a premature baby, share your story on social media or in your community to raise awareness of preterm birth.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Hold a fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a fundraiser for prematurity awareness and invite friends, family, and other members of the community to support this important cause.</p></div></div>

Why World Prematurity Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings awareness to preterm birth</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Observing World Prematurity Day helps raise awareness of the issue of premature birth and its devastating effects on infants, mothers and families. By bringing attention to prematurity, we can help create better health care services and policies that will improve outcomes for babies born too soon.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It reinforces preventative measures</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Prematurity Day is also an opportunity to promote prevention, early detection and proactive care that can reduce the incidence of preterm birth. By highlighting the risks associated with preterm delivery and emphasizing the importance of preventive measures, we can help ensure newborns are given every chance possible for a healthy start in life.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It supports research & innovation</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Finally, observing World Prematurity Day increases support for continued research and innovation into causes of prematurity and treatments available for preterm infants. Through contributions from organizations all over the world, we can accelerate the development of promising therapies so that more babies are born healthy and strong!</p></div></div>

5 Uncovered Facts for World Prematurity Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Preterm Births Are More Common Than You Think</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the World Health Organization, almost 15 million babies, or approximately 10% of all births worldwide, are born preterm each year.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Prematurity is the Primary Cause of Neonatal Deaths</h3><p class='facts-content'>Globally, prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five. Many survivors face a lifetime of disability, such as cognitive and sensory impairments or respiratory illnesses.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are Multiple Causes of Preterm Births</h3><p class='facts-content'>Several factors can increase the chances of a preterm birth, including multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets, etc.), infections and chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. However, often the causes are unknown.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Premature Babies Need Special Care After Birth</h3><p class='facts-content'>Preterm babies often require care in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where they receive specialized treatment like help with feeding, maintaining body temperature, and breathing support.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Research is Advancing Premature Baby Health Care</h3><p class='facts-content'>Continued research and innovation in health care is enhancing the survival chances and potential for healthy development of premature infants. From advancements in ventilator technology to improved nutrition, each step forward offers new hope.</p></div></div>

World Prematurity Day FAQs

When is World Prematurity Day?

World Prematurity Day is celebrated on November 17 every year. In 2024 World Prematurity Day will occur on a Sunday.

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