My first son was born five weeks early at five pounds. There was a baby in the nursery next to him who weighed in at a healthy nine pounds. My father came in and told me that kid looked like he could eat mine for lunch. Then my second son was born at 32 weeks and even smaller. This time in the NICU it was my son who was twice the size of the babies around him. Though we spent four weeks in that NICU, we had nothing to fret about when there were families in there for twelve weeks or more with babies born at less than two pounds.
Premature babies aren’t just teeny tiny. Sadly, many of them — over 1 million each year — won’t make it to their first birthday. The babies who do make it often face a lifetime of medical setbacks. Without research, doctors cannot identifying the causes of premature birth or do anything to prevent it. So we need to raise awareness of both premature birth and the need for this research.
Saturday, November 17th is the second annual World Prematurity Day. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born prematurely every year. Find more ways to take action here or follow along on Twitter at #worldprematurityday. Even if prematurity has not affected you personally, you probably know someone who has been affected. Let’s do what we can to make sure that all babies reach their first birthday and beyond.
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