CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) An estimated 15 million babies around the world are born premature each year and more than one million of them do not survive their early birth. Kristin Introvigne from the March of Dimes and Dr. Glenn Markenson, MD, Chief Obstetrics-Gynecology Department told us more about Prematurity Awareness Month.
About Prematurity Awareness Month:
An estimated 15 million babies around the world are born premature each year and more than one million of them do not survive their early birth. Although the United States has seen sustained improvement in its preterm birth rate, it has one of the highest rates of preterm birth of any industrialized country. This month, World‐famous photographer Anne Geddes, and international superstars Thalia and Hilary Duff, will join other celebrity parents to spread the word that premature birth is a very serious health problem for babies worldwide.
November 17 will be recognized around the globe as the fourth annual World Prematurity Day. More information is available at: https://www.facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay,
where families and volunteers can share stories and videos about babies born too soon. The page features an interactive world map showing the home place for each story told.
Anne Geddes, renowned for her baby photos has created a signature image of a baby born too soon, cradled in the hand of a Leonardo DaVinci‐inspired sculpture.