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November is Prematurity Awareness Month

2 November 2011 One Comment

This November as families all over the United States enjoy the leaves changing color and Thanksgiving surrounded by family, there will be moms and dads whose holiday isn’t as joyful as it could be. Premature birth is the #1 killer of newborns. Every year, more than half a million babies are born too soon in the United States. Our country’s premature birth rate has risen by 36 percent over the last 25 years. That’s serious cause for concern.

Did You Know?

  • In the United States, 1 in 8 babies is born prematurely.
  • Worldwide, 13 million babies are born too soon each year.

“Babies born just a few weeks early are at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities. Premature birth is the number 1 killer of newborns.” -March of Dimes.com

The March of Dimes has launched a special Facebook fan page for World Prematurity Day (November 17th). Go ahead and LIKE it! Have you given birth to a premature baby? Visit the page to share your personal story. Be sure to also visit the March of Dimes World Prematurity Day website to learn more about how you can help your future babies and children around the world.

Do you have experience with a premature baby?

One Comment »

  • u4fifa said:

    look great today.

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