Thursday, October 8, 2009

Born Too Soon

One in eight babies is born too soon in America. But what about the rest of the world? The March of Dimes just published the results of the first-ever study into the global problem of premature birth. I’m sorry to tell you, the news is disturbing:

• Every year, 13 million babies worldwide are born prematurely, and more than one million die because they are born too soon.

• Rates of premature birth are increasing everywhere ― in our country alone, the rate has gone up by 36 percent in the last 25 years.

There are more shocking stats, you can read them here . But there’s also good news to come out of this. We’re meeting with world health leaders to create a plan for global action that will reduce the prematurity rate and give all babies a fighting chance.

Next month is Prematurity Awareness Month. Check back to find out what we’re doing. If you have a blog, unite with thousands of bloggers around the world and post about premature birth on Bloggers Unite to Fight for Preemies on November 17.

And visit our new site, marchofdimes.com/fightforpreemies for more ways to get involved!

1 comment:

Lindsey said...

Wow. Those are some sad numbers! It is so wonderful that you have come through a premature birth so well and that you are now becoming involved in such a worthy cause.