In the United States, 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely, 1 in 10 in Canada. Worldwide, over 15 million babies are born too soon each year. While not all multiples are born prematurely, a multiple birth increases the probability of an early delivery. Babies born prematurely, before 37 weeks gestation, are at a higher risk for health complications in infancy, some of which can have long-term effects. Full-term infants are not all free from their own health complications, of course.
In honor of November’s Prematurity Awareness Month, led by the March of Dimes, How Do You Do It? is focusing this week’s posts on The Moms’ experiences with premature deliveries, NICU stays, health complications, special needs, and how we’ve dealt with these complex issues.
The issue of premature birth is near and dear to the hearts of most mothers of multiples. This week we’ll be sharing our stories, and we would like to invite you to share your experiences, too. Through Sunday, November 17, link up your birth stories, your stories of the NICU, and the significance prematurity has to you and your family.
Not a blogger? Tell us your story in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
After linking, please take time to visit some of the other blogs on the list. In sharing, we raise awareness. And in raising awareness, we hope to lower the incidence of prematurity.