World Prematurity Day

For the first time, the complications of preterm birth outranked all other causes as the world’s number one killer of young children. Of the estimated 6.3 million deaths of children under the age of 5 in 2013, complications from preterm births accounted for nearly 1.1 million deaths. These new findings, published in the Lancet and then publicized worldwide on World Prematurity Day on November 17, brought more attention and urgency to global initiatives to address preterm birth.

Premature birth is a very serious health problem. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born preterm and more than a million die as a result. Babies who survive often have lifelong health problems such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and intellectual disabilities.
 
Everyone can participate in Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day by visiting facebook.com/worldprematurityday where you can share stories and videos about your baby or a baby you love and learn from families around the world. The World Prematurity Day page also features a digital world map where the public can add their story to the interactive map.
 
Anne Geddes, world-renowned photographer known for her photographs of infants, donated one of her iconic images of a baby born too soon for us to use as a public service announcement. She also recorded a public service message help raise awareness about the need to prevent preterm birth and the work being done to give more babies a healthy start in life. 

The March of Dimes is a lead facilitator of the World Prematurity Network, (WPN), a global coalition of consumer and parent groups working together to raise awareness and prevent premature birth in their countries.  Through World Prematurity Day and other joint efforts, members call for action to prevent preterm birth and improve care for babies born too soon. Along with the March of Dimes the World Prematurity Network members include: the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants, EFCNI, Europe; LittlebigSouls International Foundation, Africa; National Premmie Foundation, Australia; Home for Premature Babies, China; Bliss, United Kingdom; Borngreat Foundation, Africa; Con Amor Venceras, Mexico and the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation, Canada.

 

For the first time, the complications of preterm birth outranked all other causes as the world’s number one killer of young children. Of the estimated 6.3 million deaths of children under the age of 5 in 2013, complications from preterm births accounted for nearly 1.1 million deaths. These new findings, published in the Lancet and then publicized worldwide on World Prematurity Day on November 17, brought more attention and urgency to global initiatives to address preterm birth.

Premature birth is a very serious health problem. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born preterm and more than a million die as a result. Babies who survive often have lifelong health problems such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and intellectual disabilities.
 
Everyone can participate in Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day by visiting facebook.com/worldprematurityday where you can share stories and videos about your baby or a baby you love and learn from families around the world. The World Prematurity Day page also features a digital world map where the public can add their story to the interactive map.
 
Anne Geddes, world-renowned photographer known for her photographs of infants, donated one of her iconic images of a baby born too soon for us to use as a public service announcement. She also recorded a public service message help raise awareness about the need to prevent preterm birth and the work being done to give more babies a healthy start in life. 

The March of Dimes is a lead facilitator of the World Prematurity Network, (WPN), a global coalition of consumer and parent groups working together to raise awareness and prevent premature birth in their countries.  Through World Prematurity Day and other joint efforts, members call for action to prevent preterm birth and improve care for babies born too soon. Along with the March of Dimes the World Prematurity Network members include: the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants, EFCNI, Europe; LittlebigSouls International Foundation, Africa; National Premmie Foundation, Australia; Home for Premature Babies, China; Bliss, United Kingdom; Borngreat Foundation, Africa; Con Amor Venceras, Mexico and the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation, Canada.