The second annual World Prematurity Day is November 17, 2012. We would love you to join with the Million Moms Challenge, along with countries and organizations around the world to draw attention to this critical issue.
We’re collaborating with our partners at the March of Dimes to bring more attention to World Prematurity Day, and to make an impact for babies all around the world. As a part of this community, you know better than most that premature babies aren’t just small. Many of them — more than 1 million babies each year — won’t make it to their first birthday.
Worldwide, 15 million babies are born premature every year. You can learn more in the Born Too Soon 2012 report, co-authored by the March of Dimes; the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; Save the Children and the World Health Organization.
Premature birth is the number one cause of death during the first months of life. Babies who make it often face a lifetime of medical setbacks. Critical research is the key to identifying the causes of premature birth so that we can better prevent it, and funding is vital to bringing effective, medical interventions to all the places where they are needed.
Raising awareness of premature birth is the first step we can take to defeating it.
The Take Action Challenge:
Tweet messages of support with the hashtag #worldprematurityday and join the March of Dimes on November 16 at 3p EST for a Twitter Chat at #worldprematurityday.
On World Prematurity Day you can also wear purple to show your support for babies.
Sample Social Media Messages you can get started with…
Premature birth is the leading killer of newborns worldwide. World Prematurity Day aims to change that. Click to “like” @worldprematuritydayand join us.
Did you know that more babies die from premature birth than from better-known health problems like malaria and HIV? “Like”@worldprematurityday and find out how you can help.
Every year, 1.1 million babies die because they were born prematurely. At least 75% of these deaths can be prevented. “Like”@worldprematurityday and find out how you can help.
Help more babies make it to their first birthday: http://on.fb.me/j8AcLi #worldprematurityday
What if you could help save a baby’s life? You can: http://on.fb.me/j8AcLi #worldprematurityday
More than 1 million premature babies die each year. Join us in getting them the help they need: http://on.fb.me/j8AcLi #worldprematurityday
Join our Global teleconference on Honoring Parent Stories Around the World, featuring the March of Dimes, National Ambassador mom, Shalini Wittstruck and parents from around the word on November 12 at 3p EST. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the teleconference number and presentation.
We know so many of you are part of families and communities affected by premature birth, and we’re grateful for your support! You can also learn more at www.marchofdimes.com.