Prematurity Awareness



Let us join hands and create awareness about the preterm babies on the world Prematurity day

 A Normal pregnancy lasts for about 40 weeks. But the childbirth may happen early than that. Medically a baby born before the 37th week of pregnancy is known as a premature or pre-term baby. Every year, around 15 million babies are born premature, worldwide.  Many of these preemies die or face lifelong health challenges such as cerebral palsy, vision & hearing loss, and intellectual disabilities.

Symptoms &Signs of prematurity includes

  • disproportionately large head with small body size
  • lanugos (Fine hair) covering much of the body
  • respiratory distress
  • Lack of reflexes like sucking and swallowing
  • Low body temperature


To the parents of Preemies

It’s indeed difficult for parents to handle these preterm babies. Even after going home, a premature baby may need additional medical attention to the associated range of health issues like learning disabilities, mental impairment, speech delay etc.  Parents must prepare themselves for the additional financial burden including physiotherapy, speech or mental therapy etc. They also find it difficult to share their struggle, for this many support groups are there. Parents may find and join these support groups online and on social media. They may find other parents struggling with similar issues. In this way, they can increase each other’s strength.

To defeat the preterm birth, raising awareness about the premature babies& preterm birth complications is the first step. For this noble cause,World Prematurity Day is celebrated.

What is World Prematurity Day?

World Prematurity Day is a global movement to raise awareness of the premature birth and to deal with the preterm birth complications. On 17 November, people across the globe join hands and bliss these preemies and support the parents of preemies.

Activities on World Prematurity Day

Prematurity Awareness Month events are scheduled worldwide throughout November. The whole month of November is celebrated as World Prematurity Month and especially on 17 Nov, health organizations, NGOs and individuals around the globe join hands together and spread awareness regarding the preterm birth complications, the importance of medical attention in preemies and show their support to the parents of preemies. Activities are organized to spread the knowledge about the preterm birth. Prominent buildings and landmarks shin in purple light to symbolize hope for a healthy start for the preemies.Even celebrities show their support for this noble cause and change their profile pictures to on various social media platforms like facebook, twitter & Instagram.

If you also want these babies to live a normal and healthy life, you can show your love &support for this world prematurity day on 17 November by adding the World Prematurity Day to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture .

All the parents of preemies are requested to share their story of struggle and spread awareness for the premature babies.

Let us join our hands together on this World Prematurity Day on 17 November and create awareness about the preterm babies. Let us bless these tiny souls and pray for their better health.

Consult Gynaecologist