Did you know over 15 million babies are born too early every year? Find out what World Prematurity Day is and how you can get involved
Taking place each year on 17th November, World Prematurity Day is a global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the devastating impact it can have on families.
Around the world, 15 million babies are born prematurely every year and one million of these will not survive. Prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under five.
World Prematurity Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of premature birth and the issues around it for babies and families. For World Prematurity Day 2017, UK baby charity Bliss will come together with partners from around the world to talk about premature birth on behalf of all babies born too early.
This year, Bliss will be focusing on what #PrematurityIs and what it means to you. Bliss understand how scary having a premature baby can be, especially if they need to receive care in a neonatal unit after they are born. So whether you are a parent, family member, healthcare professional, researcher, campaigner, someone who was born prematurely, or someone who has been touched by the needs of premature babies, Bliss wants you to share what #PrematurityIs to you.
You can watch this video from Bliss, where parents talk about their experiences of having a premature baby in neonatal care:
How can you get involved with World Prematurity Day?
Help Bliss to raise awareness by sharing the reality of what #PrematurityIs on social media. Follow Bliss on Twitter and Facebook; like and share posts where possible. Posters and social media images are available here
Take part in a Little Lights event across the country.
Donate to Bliss to help provide emotional support to families, provide specialist training to medical professionals and help fund vital research into prematurity.
You can also read our previous guest post from Kylie, mum to a premature baby born at 27 weeks