It's November 1 -- and the first day of Prematurity Awareness Month! This special month provides us with an incredible opportunity to educate others about prematurity.
Over the course of the month, I plan to reintroduce myself, share some prematurity facts, showcase a few of your preemie stories, and issue a few challenges!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
-Each year, nearly 500,000 babies are premature, or preemies. That's one out of every eight infants born in the United States.
-A premature birth is when a baby is born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. A full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks.
November 1 Challenge
Today's challenge is to post something on one or more of your social media networks (such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) which answers the following question: Who are you celebrating during Prematurity Awareness Month?
Here is my challenge post for my social media networks:
Today is the first day of Prematurity Awareness Month. I'm celebrating all preemies, including my daughter, Emily, who was born at 28 weeks gestation, weighing one pound eight ounces. #preemieblessings14
I'd love for you to participate in this challenge, which will help increase awareness about prematurity. Please feel free to use the above note as a template. Obviously, you'll want to customize the second sentence to fit your personal needs. If possible, please use the hashtag #preemieblessings14 so that I can follow your great advocacy work. You can also leave a blog post comment.
Thank you for reading the Preemie Blessings blog and for your efforts to increase awareness about prematurity!