Sunday, November 01, 2009
March Of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month
November is Prematurity Awareness Month at the March of Dimes. Launched on January 30, 2003, the Campaign has two goals: (1) to raise public awareness of the problems of prematurity and (2) to decrease the rate of preterm birth in the U.S.
In 2006, nearly 543,000 infants were born prematurely. Prematurity is the leading killer of America's newborns. Those who survive often have lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss.
For over 65 years, the March of Dimes has saved millions of babies and children from death and disabilities through their life-saving research, innovative programs, and dedicated volunteers.
We are honored to have many families who have offered to share their stories. These babies, born between 23 and 32 weeks gestation) all arrived under unique circumstances.
Over the next few weeks we will be profiling these special babies who beat the odds of prematurity and are still fighting to develop each day!!
Please do what you can to support an organization that is leading the campaign to reduce premature birth by supporting research and by educating the public and health care providers.