World Prematurity Day is observed on 17 November each year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. Approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, accounting for about one in 10 of all babies born worldwide.
When I was born 6 months early, I only weighed 2 lbs. 3 oz. doctors told my mother I wouldn’t live past 24 hours but, I proved them wrong and I’m still here 25 years later achieving all these doctors said I wouldn’t be able to.
So why should we celebrate World Prematurity Day?
- Premature babies are everyday heroes – it’s no secret that premature babies are everyday heroes that changed the world every day that impact the lives of the community.
- Premature babies have their own stories to tell- with every premature baby that comes to the NICU, there’s a story to be told with many different abilities and strengths.
- Premature babies face a lot of obstacles – Premature Babies face a lot of obstacles and challenges along their journey but they are still able to overcome them.
- Premature babies are brave – it’s no secret that premature are brave from the time they are born the odds are stacked against them from the lack of development to the struggles of having to have 24-hour care, we are brave.
- Premature babies are unique – it’s no secret that premature babies are unique in their own way with many different strengths and abilities that will impact the world.
Ultimately there are many reasons to celebrate world prematurity day so I hope you just celebrate today but every day