World Prematurity Day Freebie
In 2002 or 2003, I had a student in my (then) Bradley class who went from appearing perfectly healthy to having her baby preterm in a single weekend. That same year, another Bradley childbirth educator I knew had her baby at 32 weeks due to an undiagnosed blood clotting disorder. I had other students who also had they babies preterm. The percent in my classes was much lower than the national average, but still seemed far too high to me, considering these women were supposedly doing “everything right.”
Since then, babies like Nora (in the pic at left) have motivated me to focus on learning how to reduce preterm births. Nora was lucky – her mother was following a good prenatal diet (for what I knew at the time). Even though she was born at 32 weeks, she did not need to spend too much time in the NICU, and has developed normally since then. In the US, our healthcare system is so good that even very preterm babies are often able to survive. Not all premies are so lucky.
Nov. 17 is World Prematurity Day, designated to raise awareness of the 15 million babies born before 37 weeks each year. Prematurity kills over 1 million babies each year. This makes being born too early the #1 killer of babies worldwide.
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