November 17th is World Prematurity Day

The Forever Years

WPD Collage FYBy Kirsteen McLay-Knopp

November is Premature Birth Awareness Month and November 17th Premature Birth Awareness Day.  Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon each year.  More than 1 million babies die due to complications of preterm birth and many of those who survive face a lifetime of disability. Raising awareness of premature birth, particularly around November 17th, can help improve facilities around the globe and give the best possible chance to these babies.


Parent groups, families, health professionals, politicians, hospitals, organisations and other stakeholders involved in preterm birth observe this day with media campaigns, local events and other activities conducted on local, regional, national or international levels to raise awareness among the public. In 2013 Premature Birth Awareness Day was celebrated in over 60 countries.

In the USA TheMarch of Dimes Foundation embrace Premature Birth Awareness Month and Day.  TheMarch of Dimes Foundation is a United States…

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