Friday, November 19, 2010

Fact Friday--1 in every 8 babies are born to soon

Did you know that November is Prematurity Awareness Month?...I did because I have raised two preemies and so it is very close to my heart. I know many of our patients are also preemies and wanted to recognize the families and children that have overcome this challenge.

The March of Dimes is a wonderful resource and a great advocate in helping with the awareness and education of premature babies. 3 Facts about premature births: 1- 543,000 babies or 1 in every 8 babies are born prematurely each year; 2- premature birth is the number one killer of newborns; 3- premature babies cost ten times more than healthy babies. Because of campaigns like The March of Dimes and "Prematurity Awareness Month", there has been a recent decline in premature birth rate by 3 percent! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a proud partner with the March of Dimes as they raise awareness of this growing health problem.

It is so wonderful to have so many great resources out there----so click on a link below if you want to volunteer, support or learn more about Prematurity and help the March of Dimes "work together for stronger, healthier babies"!

**picture above is Jaxon (my son)who was born at 28.5 weeks--weight 2 pound 5 oz and now is a very strong, active and healthy 9 1/2 year old boy

1 comment:

Emilee Porter said...

What a wonderful post! It's hard to realize how very amazing an organization like The March of Dimes is - or a hospital like Primary Children's - until you have a child that is born 12 weeks too early and is fighting for his/her life! So grateful for wonderful doctors and nurses at willowcreek who help these children each day!