Today is Wold Prematurity Day. Did you know that every year, about 450,000 babies are born too soon in the United States? That’s 1 in 9 babies that is born premature. But the good news is that our country’s preterm birth rate has declined by 11 percent over the last 7 years. However, it still remains too high at 11.4 percent, which is higher than most developed nations.
Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year and takes a high toll on families. Babies born just a few weeks early are at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities. Premature birth is the number 1 killer of newborns.
That’s why in 2003 the March of Dimes launched the Prematurity Campaign to address the crisis and help families have full-term, healthy babies. The March of Dimes is funding lifesaving research and speaking out for legislation that improves care for moms and babies.
As a supporter and partner of March of Dimes, Mud Pie donates 10¢ of every sock and soft headband sold to help eradicate prematurity and provide comfort to those who experience premature birth in their families. This November, Mud Pie is joining March of Dimes in celebrating Prematurity Awareness Month®, a time when the March of Dimes focuses the nation’s attention on premature birth. On November 17 we’ll join organizations across the world to recognize World Prematurity Day, and we’re asking everyone to help spread the world on the serious problem of premature birth.
Visit the Facebook page for more information, and to view stories and videos about babies born too soon. The page features an interactive world map showing the home place for each story told.
Please help bring attention to World Prematurity Day and remember that every pair of socks or soft headbands sold supports the work of the March of Dimes.