Thursday, November 1, 2007

November is Prematurity Awareness Month.

Do you know someone that had a baby born too soon?

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.

Prematurity has been escalating steadily and alarmingly over the past two decades. In 2004, more than 500,000 infants were born prematurely, the highest number ever reported for the U.S. In 2005, the United States as a society paid at least $26.2 billion in economic costs associated with preterm birth (medical and educational expenses, loss in productivity).

Preterm delivery can happen to any pregnant woman. In about four out of every 10 cases, the causes are unknown. It is important to learn the signs of preterm labor.

The March of Dimes has taken on this devastating problem—to find out what causes it and how it can be stopped.


Bevson said...

Can you tell I work for the March of Dimes?

Carey said...

Yes, sure does sound like you know all about prematurity... kudos for doing your part to raise awareness!

I wanted to let you know about a couple of organizations that are doing what they can to help the cause too-- let me know if you'd like to learn more!

Diane B. said...

Like the look of your site--fresh and clean, just like the content!

Bevson said...

The March of Dimes is reaching across the country with its Every Baby Has a Story tour. Do you have a story?

Mike said...

Our son Mason was born nearly two months premature. He spent a full month in the NICU. I'm really glad to say that he suffered no ill effects whatsoever and is now a brilliant, robust three and a half-year-old. I'm truly impressed with the advances in medical care that allow a three-pound premature baby to thrive.

Bevson said...

Hi Mike,

Thank you so much for sharing the story of your son. 2 months is pretty early. You are blessed. I am glad he is doing so well.

Anonymous said...

Our daughter was born last October more than three months early and weighing only 1 pound, 7 oz. She was in the NICU for a harrowing three months. She's doing so well these days. We feel so lucky!! Now we are supporters of the March of Dimes (we had about 20 family members walk last spring) and I want to get even more involved. Prematurity wasn't even on my radar screen when I was pregnant. I didn't know anyone who had a premature baby. After our experience, I sadly can see that the numbers are not overblown--this affects too many people.