Prematurity Awareness Week 2013: How Do You Do It?

Prematurity Awareness Week 2013

Prematurity Awareness Week 2013: How Do You Do It?

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In honor of Prematurity Awareness Month 2013, we share our experiences of premature birth to raise awareness of this issue and to help other families in similar situations.

Not all multiples are born prematurely, but the issue of premature birth is a cause near and dear to the hearts of most mothers of multiples. Even those MoMs who carried their multiples to term are aware that they’re in the minority. Being born full-term is also no guarantee of good health after birth. Most multiples are born prematurely, before their bodies are fully prepared for life outside the womb.

The March of Dimes leads the campaign against premature birth, working to fund research and support legislation that improves healthcare for mothers and babies. They seek to focus attention on the issue of premature birth.

Most babies born prematurely spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and you will see that is a major part of many of our stories. We cover a wide range of topics and perspectives, including:

  • World Prematurity Day November 17How to navigate the NICU environment
  • The many emotions of prematurity and special needs
  • Dealing with the practicalities of special needs children
  • Honoring our experiences through reunions, volunteering, and fundraising
  • What expectant mothers should be aware of to try to prevent premature delivery
  • How our premature and special needs children have been doing

All week, we share our birth stories as well. In each one, you’ll find unique circumstances and recurring themes, something that most mothers can relate to.


Overview Posts

Navigating the NICU

Personal Stories

Full Term Birth

Premature Birth and Life in the NICU

Life with Special Needs Children

Parental Emotions Toward Pregnancy and Preterm Birth

Nutrition and Feeding

Giving Back to the Preemie and Medical Communities

Things to Know

Thanks for reading and helping make Prematurity Awareness Week 2013 a success!

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4 thoughts on “Prematurity Awareness Week 2013”

  1. I had no idea that there was a week dedicated to awareness regarding pre-maturity. I remember when with my oldest daughter we had a scare and thought she was trying to make an early appearance. I was immediately place on a High Risk status and limited activity. I am so grateful that she made it to full term but I know the fear I experienced thinking she may not. Thank you for sharing such an important cause.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! It’s amazing how many people and groups have stepped forward to raise awareness. Major landmarks across the globe were purple yesterday to remember all the preemies of the world and call for further research and constantly improving preventive care!

  2. I had no idea there was a Prematurity Awareness Week either; thank you so much for sharing this on the Modest Monday link-up!

    My son was born 5 weeks early this spring and the experience of having a premature baby was such a shock! My husband and I were blessed that our baby was healthy and able to be sent home after a normal stay in the hospital, but we were so nervous having such a tiny baby to care for. He only weighed in at 4 lbs. 14.5 oz. at birth. I struggled with guilt for quite a while after having him because I thought it was my fault he was born early. Eight months later, God has definitely healed the guilt in my heart and we’ve got a wild 8-month-old boy terrorizing our house :)

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