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8 Nov

November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Posted by Linda

Every year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States. The rate of premature birth has risen by 30 percent since 1981.

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death worldwide. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk of lifelong disabilities. Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year.

In 2003, the Prematurity Campaign was launched to address the crisis and help families have healthy, full-term babies. In 2008, the March of Dimes Board of Trustees extended the Prematurity Campaign globally, and in 2009 the March of Dimes released the first global estimates showing the serious toll of preterm birth worldwide.

The March of Dimes works different channels of influence to reduce premature birth rates. One way is to raise public awareness of the serious issue and to invest in education of moms-to-be and health care providers. We also support medical advances and knowledge. Every year, new promising research studies are funded through our Prematurity Research Initiative. Advocacy efforts have opened the door to more federal funding for prematurity research and education.

The campaign is already showing signs of success, including a recent 3 percent decline in the premature birth rate. With more than 1,400 babies born too soon every day, much work is still to be done.

Find out how you can get involved by visiting


November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Comment by Carrie McQuay — November 9, 2010 @ 2:24 am

I have a set of identical twin girls born at 28 weeks gestation and am always willing to help someone either going through what I and many others have been through or are facing. I also want to see this prevented, I don’t want my twin daughters to have to experience this when they choose to have children, lets beat this.

November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Comment by Tonya Westmoreland — November 21, 2010 @ 10:50 am

I would love to get involved, however, I find myself with a premature baby now and I am need some assistance, can you please point me in the right direction?

November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Comment by shanna — February 8, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

i would love to help i has a premature baby born at only 24 weeks and she died moments after she was born i want to help so this does not happen to any more babies!! im hear to talk to anyone else who is or has went through the same thing.


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