World Prematurity Day is November 17th!
Every November it hits me. Though the years have flown by and Little One is relatively healthy, this time of the year always brings back a flood of memories.
There was a time when life was pretty scary for us. I honestly don’t know how we survived those early days to Little One’s rough start in life. Though I have tried to let the past be the past and erase that time in our lives, I can’t. I don’t think we should. Little One was a born prematurely and that is part of her history. Let me rephrase that. Being a preemie is part of “HERstory”.
Some may call Preemie Awareness my “shtick”. Unless you’ve experienced the roller coaster of emotions, it’s actually quite difficult to understand or relate to.
Prior to giving birth to Little One, I had no exposure whatsoever to high risk pregnancies, preterm births, preemies, and life in the NICU. No one I knew had given birth to a preemie…until I was sent to Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. I met parents in similar situations to ours. There were other preemie parents, parents of multiples, parents of sick babies…all going through similar experiences and similar emotions.
The medical team, the support staff, my family and friends, fellow preemie parents and my online community helped me through the most difficult months of my life. I am thankful I had that support.
World Prematurity Day
Did you know that 15 million babies are born too soon every year? More than 1 million premature babies die every year due to complications from their early start.
Here are some shocking statistics on premature births:
Our child is turning six years old on November 11th. Though she is relatively healthy despite her rough start, our preemie journey is not over. Raising awareness, educating girls and women about proper care (before and during pregnancy), equipping clinics, and funding research are all part of our goal as a family. Just because Little One survived, it doesn’t mean our support for preemie awareness and funding has ended.
Join the conversation with the March of Dimes on Facebook. Other things you can do: Share and bring awareness to others, donate items to your local hospital’s NICU or parent care department (preemie clothing, toiletries and other items for parents), raise funds, etc.
Do you have a preemie? Do you know anyone who has given birth prematurely?
With World Prematurity Day, we’d love for you to share your stories! We’d love to read them!
**This is NOT a sponsored post, but a cause that is very close to our hearts and worth sharing.