November marks the beginning of Prematurity Month. In the United States, 1 in 8 babies are born premature. Worldwide, the number is 1 in 10. This totals to 15 million babies born too soon each year.
These infants may have apnea, respiratory distress syndrome (SDR), jaundice, anemia, infections, and many more complications in the short term. In the long term, the child may face autism, cerebral palsy, lung problems, and hearing and vision loss. Some premature births can be prevented.
Warmilu encourages everyone to learn more about premature infants and premature birth. More information on why babies are born premature and how premature birth can be prevented can be found here. Please also see information on the Prematurity Campaign in the U.S. and in Europe. For premature infants, every minute counts. The only way to decrease premature birth is to spread information about it.