Saturday, November 1, 2014

Celebrating Prematurity Awareness Month



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!

Prematurity Facts

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!

3 comments:

  1. Today is the first day of Prematurity Awareness Month. I'm celebrating all preemies, including my granddaughter, Emily, who was born at 28 weeks gestation, weighing one pound eight ounces, and is now a happy, energetic toddler! ‪#‎preemieblessings14‬

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  2. I am not a parent, but a preemie myself. I chose to celebrate myself during prematurity awareness month. Hope that doesn't sound too narcissistic. http://bloggingastrid.com/2014/11/01/celebrating-myself-preemieblessings14/

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  3. NICU staff are some of the most caring medical professionals. They do such amazing work with newborns AND go the extra mile with support for parents. So glad you're using this month to celebrate Emily and all her accomplishments!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

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