World Prematurity Day is celebrated around the world on November 17 to honor and support those who were born prematurely and their parents and families. The purpose of the holiday is to raise awareness of the potential difficulties and risks related to the development of premature babies and to unite in overcoming any ailment.
World Prematurity Day was founded in 2011 as a way to bring attention to the vulnerability of premature babies and the risk factors associated with preterm birth. Despite advances in modern medicine, premature babies can still be at risk of a variety of medical issues such as cerebral palsy, developmental delay, problems with hearing and vision. Prenatal care can be excellent, but there are still signs of preterm labor that may include cramping and back pain.
- There may not be a sucking reflex, making artificial or natural breastfeeding difficult.
- Preterm birth is considered to be any birth before 37 weeks. Births before 28 weeks are considered extremely premature.
- Premature babies often have a faster rate of weight gain in the first year of life.
- Psychomotor formation and skills may appear later than with full-term babies.
How to take part
Share your story if it reflects the essence of the holiday. Post photos of premature babies, even if they may not be attractive, to bring attention to the issues associated with prematurity. Make donations to foundations that help families.
When is World Prematurity Day celebrated in 2023?
World Prematurity Day is observed on November 17 each year.