World Prematurity Day

Next Sunday, 17 November 2024

World Prematurity Day on November 17 raises awareness of the issues that affect premature babies and their families. It educates people on the care that preterm births need and provides the families of 'preemies' with resources and support.

Babies who are born too early face many more health complications that could affect everything from their hearing and vision to their brain and lungs. 

Background on World Prematurity Day

An international day of awareness for premature births was organized by some European parent organizations on November 17, 2008.

But, the day wasn't made a thing until it was adopted as an annual observance in 2011, and November 17 officially became World Prematurity Day. 

It was being observed all around the world and by 2013 it was commemorated in more than 60 countries. There are millions of preterm births every year, and many people are still not aware of the dangers that premature babies face, health-wise. 

Babies born at the gestational age of 37 weeks or less are very vulnerable to problems like developmental delays and cerebral palsy, among others. They are often termed preemies and around 1 in 10 babies are born premature. 

World Prematurity Day also provides education and support for the parents of premature babies, to ensure they have all the resources for babies to grow up healthy.

If the babies develop health issues, organizations can provide support for their developmental and health needs, and give their families psychological support. 

In support of World Prematurity Day, many people choose to wear a purple ribbon, the official color of this observance. 

How to Observe World Prematurity Day

Many groups and organizations, with health professionals and hospitals, organize events and media campaigns to raise awareness and educate people about premature births.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by preterm birth check locally to see if there are any events or activities near you.

If you want to help, you can create and send some care packages to the families or donate to organizations that are dedicated to premature births. 

World Prematurity Day
World Prematurity Day

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