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!