Friday, 17th November 2017 is World Prematurity Day and the National Premmie Foundation is once again participating in the international campaign to raise awareness of preterm birth. Each year Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon. Over 25,000 of these babies are born in Australia. They want everyone to honour the 15 million babies who struggled to survive this year and over 1 million babies who sadly lost their fight for life.
The rate of preterm birth is increasing and yet the general public knows little about the prevention of preterm birth and the problems and risks involved in the development of a preterm infant. Preterm or premature birth, birth before 37 weeks gestation, is the second leading cause of newborn death globally. Babies who survive an early birth often face the increased risk of health challenges such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and many other hurdles. For many families, preterm birth brings with it neonatal or infant loss. So they want you to join the campaign to raise awareness of the issues these vulnerable newborns and their families face.
The National Premmie Foundation is a founding member of the World Prematurity Network. This means they have joined together with March of Dimes (USA), The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (Europe), LittleBigSouls (Africa), Bliss (UK), Home for Premature Infants (China), the Born Great Foundation (Africa) to raise awareness and change the lives of babies born too soon everywhere. For more information on the World Prematurity Network and the need for a World Prematurity Day Read Here
How you can get involved
The Foundation is asking people throughout Australia to get behind World Prematurity Day.
Landmarks in major cities across the globe including Australian capital cities will be light up purple to honour the 15 million babies born too soon and to remember the 1 million who lost their fight to survive.
- Visit and become a fan of the NPF’s Facebook page
- Change your profile picture on Facebook ( images are available here)
- Purchase your very own candle for the Light it up purple campaign via their online store
- Join the official World Prematurity Day Australia Facebook page and add your story
- Light your candle on the 17th November 2017 @ 7pm; take a photo of you and your family with the candle and post it on the NPF Facebook page and the Official World Prematurity Facebook pages.
Spread the word
We invite everyone to help spread the word about the 17th November 2017. You can update your Facebook profile image and even your cover photo, place a WPD banner on your website or blog (linking to their website), share the link to the online store so your family and friends can purchase a candle and join in celebrating the day.
L’il Aussie Prems Foundation is a member group of the National Premmie Foundation and a part of the official groups representing World Prematurity Day in Australia each year.