Prematurity Awareness Month
Written by Jessica Shin, Kiwanis Family/ Major Emphasis Chair
It’s November, and you know what that means! It’s Prematurity Awareness Month! This month is supposed to be dedicated to helping raise awareness to the leading cause of newborn deaths: Premature births. About 15 million babies are born prematurely, and over 1 million of those babies do not survive from their premature births. Among the industrialized countries, the United States has the highest rate of newborn deaths from premature births. Therefore, in 2003, March of Dimes created Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day (November 17).
Posting graphics regarding premature births to your social media, signing the petition on the March of Dimes website, and donating to the March of Dimes organization are some of the many ways to help support Prematurity Awareness Month. Social media is such a big part of the world right now, and posting graphics and information about premature births can really help people become more aware of how serious premature births are. Signing the petition found on the March of Dimes website can also help bring more attention to premature births. Lastly, donating can fund research and programs to keep families strong and healthy. Aside from these, there are so many more ways to help the March of Dimes organization and bring more awareness to premature births.