Each year on November 17th, World Prematurity Day is observed to raise awareness about preterm birth and what these babies and their families face across the world. 

 

Approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, which accounts for over 1 in 10 of all babies born across the globe. Complications from preterm birth is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five, which accounts for nearly 1 million deaths each year. For preterm babies who do survive, many face the additional burden of premature-related disabilities that can have a significant effect on individuals, families, and healthcare systems. 

 

It’s clear that preterm birth is a concern that requires urgent action and advocacy among healthcare professionals, families, parents, government officials, hospitals, organizations, other stakeholders, and really any individual who wishes to make a difference with this issue. 

 

Make A Difference This Word Prematurity Day 

 

World Prematurity Day can be observed in many ways. From media campaigns, local events, national awareness campaigns, and other activities, you can join with many concerned people and groups who advocate in over 60 countries across the globe. 

 

Wear purple, the official color for World Prematurity Day, on Tuesday, November 17th. Share purple ribbons with your coworkers, friends, and loved ones and share with them the message of fighting for the health of mothers at risk for preterm birth, and preterm babies both as they fight for survival throughout prolonged NICU stays and as they continue their journey of overcoming prematurity related odds to reach their optimal development and potential.

 

You can also share the message of World Prematurity Day on social media using the hashtags #PrematurityAwarenessMonth and #WorldPrematurityDay in your posts. 

 

Through observing World Prematurity Day and advocating for families facing preterm births and the potential lifelong aftermath, you can help empower preemie parents, infants, and children. Your voice can call attention to the heavy burden of death and disability many families face as a result of preterm birth and talk about solutions. You can also show support and gratitude for the healthcare professionals who work so diligently and tirelessly to care for preterm babies and their families. 

 

This year’s theme for global World Prematurity Day 202 is, “World Prematurity Day 2020, Together for babies born too soon—Caring for the future”. 

 

In many cases, these deaths are preventable, and your voice can help make a difference. 

 

Looking for more ways to get involved this World Prematurity Day? Check out these ideas from the Healthy Newborn Network. 

As always, Cache Valley Women’s Center is here to support you through your conception, pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum journey. Your family matters to us. Schedule your appointment today.