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World Prematurity Day

Welcome to the NICU

Merritt Juliano | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Merritt Juliano

November is Prematurity Awareness Month, which is why I decided the timing was ripe for me to document my own experience as a NICU parent. For those ...

When Every Day Is World Prematurity Day

Hollee Actman Becker | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Hollee Actman Becker

My daughter was born eight weeks early during the first week of August in 2002. She weighed less than 4 lbs. and was so minute that the feeding tube carefully but obtrusively threaded through her nose took up half of her jaundiced little face.

No Life Too Small: World Prematurity Day 2015

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

That means today, on World Prematurity Day 2015, more than 41,000 premature babies will be born. Many will grow up healthy, receiving the care that they need immediately after birth and in the days, weeks, and months to follow.

An Open Letter to Everyone From a Micro Preemie Mom

Jennifer Degl | Posted 11.08.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

Don't apologize for her birth. I may not be able to hold her for weeks or months, but she is still my baby. She may be on life support for many months, but she is still my baby. I may have only carried her in my womb for 23 weeks, as opposed to 40 weeks, but she is still my baby.

Our Extraordinary Year As March of Dimes Ambassador Family

Jill Teeters | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Jill Teeters

As I think back to Aidan's homecoming, and our past year as the March of Dimes National Ambassador family and raising awareness about the serious health problem of preterm birth, I'm proud of how much we accomplished and how far Aidan has grown and overcome.

World Prematurity Day 2014: Taking Action for Newborns Born Too Soon

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Investing in healthcare for women and children contributes directly to the socio-economic development and security of families, communities and nations. Within a generation, it is possible to bring an end to preventable maternal and newborn deaths with sustained commitment.

The Preemie Parent Primer: Caring for Yourself When Your Baby Is Premature | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents

For the millions of families who are living the reality of premature birth, awareness is only part of the picture. Having a preemie is a life-altering experience, one which no parent is completely prepared for.

What We Left When We Left the NICU

Gina Jacobs Thomas | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Gina Jacobs Thomas

The perinatologist thought my baby would survive better outside the womb than inside my body. Then he asked when I had last eaten.

The Surprising Thing I Learned From Having A Micro-Preemie

Kayla Aimee | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Kayla Aimee

I fought futilely against my own body so that giving birth to my only child would not be the thing that killed her.

Preterm Birth: Forging The Path To Prevention

Eve Lackritz | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Eve Lackritz

Today, we face the post-2015 challenge of preterm birth in the same way that we once faced the other leading causes of child mortality two decades ago, challenges with limited solutions and against great odds.

Meet 51 Babies Who Were Born Too Soon -- And See How Far They've Come

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents

Lindsay McMillan gave birth to her daughter, Emery, 12 weeks early, and spent the next 62 days in the NICU. That was almost four years ago, and Emery ...

World Prematurity Day: Something To Celebrate

Holly Curtis | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Holly Curtis

World Prematurity Day is a day to honor the mothers, grandmothers and young girls who have endured a premature birth. It is a day that gives a voice to the one million lives lost too soon in 2013.

How My Preterm Baby Connected Me To Mothers Across The World

Liz Coyle | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Liz Coyle

From China to South Sudan to Haiti and beyond, mothers giving birth to preterm babies have little time to worry about their babies' long term health and development -- they must first find a way to keep their babies warm enough to survive.

Premature Birth: A Global Health Crisis

Doug Staples | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Doug Staples

World Prematurity day presents an opportunity to learn more about this global crisis. Get the facts and spread the world. If we are to stop losing our children to premature birth, we need to acknowledge the scope and severity of the problem and start taking action.

Saving Premature Babies

Jay Winsten | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Jay Winsten

Although India achieved a historic milestone with no new cases of polio, India still accounts for 24 percent of the world's 1.6 million annual deaths among children under five. This striking contrast begs the question: if polio can be defeated, why not early-childhood deaths?

A New Study Says We Can't Prevent Most Preterm Births, So What Now?

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

A new study out today makes it clear that training and equipping health workers to care for preterm babies is the key to saving the 1.1 million such babies who die every year. That's because we still know very little about how to prevent babies from being born too soon.