Sunday, November 17th is World Prematurity Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the problem of preterm birth and how we can prevent it.
Each year 15 million babies worldwide are born premature. In Pennsylvania, approximately 313 babies each week are born premature.
Preterm birth is the leading cause of death in newborns worldwide. Those babies who survive may face lifelong health problems such as intellectual disabilities.
In order to prevent preterm birth, it is important for a pregnancy to go full term, 40 weeks. Knowing the risk factors for preterm birth and the warning signs of preterm labor can help reduce preterm birth rates.
Preterm birth is a global problem, and Healthy Start urges every person to support World Prematurity Day by becoming informed on the topic of preterm birth.
Sources: World Health Organization, March of Dimes, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention