Every year, 15 million babies are born premature worldwide. More than one million of these babies die, and many more face serious, lifelong health challenges. Preterm birth is truly a problem that can happen to every one of us, irrespective of the country we live in, our culture or socioeconomic status.
Worldwide, one in ten babies are born too early – more than 27,000 each year in Australia alone. Giving birth to a child is one of the paramount, most positive experiences in life. Having a baby born too soon is a significant trauma for families. Preterm birth also represents a severe financial burden for many families and our often struggling healthcare systems.
"My baby is my reminder to be grateful every single day; my proof that miracles exist. And while my experience is individually unique, I am forever a part of something truly special - a community built on strength, pride, solidarity, and love. Today, I stand united with this group of fierce warriors to inspire, empower and encourage others throughout their NICU journey; to give hope and a sense of belonging; to raise awareness of premature birth and our community; and to celebrate our own journeys…no matter what they look like", shares Amy from Miracle Mumma. Amy coordinated the above image in collaboration with A Mothers Love Photography.
Raising awareness of preterm birth is the first step to defeating it: Preterm birth rates could be significantly reduced and lowered through overall information and improved treatment and care.
November 17 is World Prematurity Day, a globally celebrated awareness day to increase awareness of preterm births as well as the deaths and disabilities due to prematurity and the simple, proven, cost-effective measures that could prevent them.
Miracle Babies Foundation Founder, Melinda Cruz said, 'This worldwide issue is a huge challenge here in Australia with around 27,000 families each year affected by prematurity. This flows on to have a high impact on each and every local community and chances are you or someone you know has experienced the trauma of having a baby born too soon. We all have a role to play in the support of these families and the always improving healthcare provided by our hospitals.
What is World Prematurity Day?
World Prematurity Day on 17 November is one of the most important days in the year to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally. The day was initiated by EFCNI and partnering European parent organisations in 2008. Meanwhile, countless individuals and organisations from more than 100 countries join forces with activities, special events and commit to action to help address preterm birth and improve the situation of preterm babies and their families. 2020 sees over 170 organisations highlighting World Prematurity Day.
View the message from The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia here.
View the message from Dominic Perrottet MP, Premier of NSW here
The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia also shares his message of support. Read it here.
Previous World Prematurity Day hospital events in Australia:
'Tip In' with Tommee Tippee:
In the lead up to World Prematurity Day, Tommee Tippee, longstanding partner and supporter of Miracle Babies are 'tipping in' to support premature babies and their families and they're calling on the community to 'Tip In' too. With a goal to raise $20,000 over the next month, this could allow 140 more families access to much needed support through our NurtureProgram.