Thursday, November 17, 2011

On World Prematurity Day, a Look Back

Did you know that today is World Prematurity Day? It was created to honor the million babies worldwide who died this year because they were born too soon, and the 12 million more who struggle to survive. For those new to I KNOW HOW IS BABBY FORMED, the Babby was born early. At 34 weeks, so by no means a micro-preemie or even in a lot of danger in our technological age.

She forgot to breathe a few times, had a heart episode or two, and had trouble gaining weight until her second year. Through my work with Graham's Foundation, I've seen how dire things can get. The Babby's situation? Not dire, though we were of course quite scared at the time. Mostly by the newness and unfamiliarity of it all.


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And here is the Babby today, quite healthy and happy thanks to numerous advancements in the world of preemie care.


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Once upon a time, outlooks for even later term preemies weren't so great. Now, even the earliest preemies have a fair chance at survival and many thrive thanks to research, organizations like March of Dimes, and all the wonderful, amazing NICU nurses and doctors working around the world today.

So how should you mark World Prematurity Day? Hug a NICU nurse (or an EI specialist), for one, and then read up on prematurity and its effects on families!

4 comments:

  1. I had no idea a day existed for this. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. when Brooke was in the NICU the nurses just loved her...at 9 lbs 6 oz they didn't get too many chunky babes...
    but I passed some of the ones born at 22 or 23 weeks...I've never seen anything so tiny in my life...
    it's amazing though

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  3. What a beautiful story about your sweet girl! She looks like what she was lacking in size before, she makes up for in spunk now! :)

    Thanks for visiting Snapshots. :)

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  4. @Not a Perfect Mom FOR SURE! Through my work, I have had wonderful conversations with people whose babies were born right on the edge of survival and are now one hundred percent okay. The outcomes range from tragic to miraculous, but things are looking brighter all the time!

    @Morgan You know it!

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