Thursday, September 22, 2011

Princess Preemie Primer: Awareness

Its Princess Preemie Primer Thursday!  If you are interested in contributing to the weekly feature, please contact me by email at samanthap(at)mommytoaprincess(dot)com.  

Did you know that 1 of every 8 babies born in the United States is born prematurely?  That 13,000,000 are born prematurely worldwide every year?  More than 500,000 of those are in the U.S. alone!  According to the March of Dimes, the rate of premature birth has increased over 36% in the last 25 years.  Premature birth is the #1 killer of newborns.  

Did you know that November is Prematurity Awareness Month?  Likewise, November 17th is World Prematurity Day.  Last year, some bloggy friends and I posted for World Prematurity Day (here, here, and here).  You can sign up with Bloggers Unite and submit your post and read posts from others as well.  You can also link up with World Prematurity Day on Facebook and join in the event World Prematurity Day.

November is also the month that the March of Dimes releases their Prematurity Birth Report Card.  Last year, no state in the U.S. scored above a C.  A lot of the south scored an F including our state of Kentucky.  You can also view the report card for each individual state that goes into a little more detail.  For Kentucky, our percentage rate is decreasing, but at 14% is still almost double the national goal of 7.6%.  It also shows whether the individual state is headed in the right direction in the issues of uninsured woman, smoking while pregnant, and late pre-term birth which is due mostly to the elected cesarean sections and early inducement. For Kentucky, we are seeing a move in the right direction in two out of the three areas.

According to the March of Dimes, their Prematurity Campaign mission is "The campaign funds research to find the causes of premature birth, and to identify and test promising interventions; educates health care providers and women about risk-reduction strategies; advocates to expand access to health care coverage to improve maternity care and infant health outcomes; provides information and emotional support to families affected by prematurity; and generates concern and action around the problem."

I hope that you will take the time to help this cause and spread awareness about prematurity.  Sign up to blog on 11/17 at Bloggers Unite, join the March of Dimes and create a team to walk in the March for Babies, or share your story!  

Babies are too small to have to fight this hard!  Let's give them a helping hand by standing up for those too small to stand up for themselves.  

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