World Prematurity Day - November 17
Thu, Nov 17, 2022

World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day is celebrated around the world on November 17 and honors everyone who was born prematurely. The purpose of the holiday is to support kids, their parents and families, to tell about the peculiarities of children’s development, to warn against problems. When we are together, we can easily overcome any ailment! Right?


The holiday was founded relatively recently – in 2011 on November 17th. Despite the fact that modern medicine keeps up with the times, premature babies remain at risk. Particular vulnerability is manifested to the following diseases: cerebral palsy, developmental delay, problems with hearing and vision.

There are many risk factors for preterm birth. They are not always on the surface – often young mothers with excellent prenatal care give birth to a child prematurely. Therefore, it is necessary to know the signs that are harbingers of trouble: cramps, back pain. It is better to consult with your doctor or immediately call an ambulance.

Interesting facts

Did you know that premature babies:

  • there may not be a sucking reflex, so artificial or natural breastfeeding can be a serious problem;
  • two birthdays – when they were born and when they should have been, according to the doctors’ calculations;
  • term of birth up to 37 weeks. Less than 28 is considered extremely premature;
  • there is often faster weight gain in the first year of life;
  • psychomotor formation and skills appear later.

How to celebrate

Share your story if it reflects the essence of the holiday. Post photos of premature babies – the picture may not be too attractive, but it may raise current issues. Make donations to foundations that help families.

When is World Prematurity Day celebrated in 2022?

World Prematurity Day is observed on November 17 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday November 17 2022
Friday November 17 2023
Sunday November 17 2024
Monday November 17 2025
Tuesday November 17 2026