World Prematurity Day
Each year, around 15 million babies are born prematurely. Being born less than 37 weeks after the mother’s last normal menstrual period can lead to a higher risk of disease or birth defects for the infant. Premature births are more likely when mothers have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity or a smoking addiction.
World Prematurity Day is observed to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. This is a great day to support members of your community who work with premature infants or are parents adjusting to life with a premature infant.