More than 15 million babies arrive before their due date every year around the globe. For many of these babies, an early arrival means a fight for survival and months of uncertainty for their parents.
Many people believe that premature babies are just smaller than babies born full term, and all they need is extra time in an incubator to grow. Unfortunately, prematurity is much more than this.
Many premature babies face an uphill battle requiring specialist care and treatment on a neonatal unit to ensure they have the best possible chances. Sadly, prematurity is still the leading cause of death in children under five, worldwide.
World Prematurity Day, taking place each year on 17 November seeks to raise awareness of the impact that prematurity has on babies and their families. Premature and sick baby charity Bliss leads the campaign in the UK, where one in 13 babies arrive before the 37th week of pregnancy.
To mark World Prematurity Day 2018, seven mothers of premature babies have shared their messages of hope for those who are on the neonatal unit right now:
If you are on the neonatal unit and you would like to be more involved in your child’s care, visit the Bliss website for more information.
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