As the mom of a premature infant I have written a lot about our own pre-term birth experience. We are extraordinarily fortunate that our daughter was born healthy and does not appear to have any side effects
Created by European parent organizations in 2008, World Prematurity Day was designated to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that worldwide, 15 million babies are born preterm and more than a million die as a result. Babies who survive often have lifelong health problems such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and intellectual disabilities.
By celebrating this day we can increase understanding of pregnancy healthcare and educate families about premature birth. With increased awareness about the importance of pre and post-natal care and supporting political action in women’s healthcare, we can help support healthy families.
A premature baby is one who is born before 37 weeks gestational age.
If you do think you are having premature labor it is critical to seek medical attention right away because there are often steps that can be taken to delay or prevent a baby from being born prematurely.
My experience with premature birth was due to a very rare condition called a placental abruption, where the placenta separates away from the uterus.
It is very important that at 28 weeks pregnant women start doing “kick counts.” Counting your baby’s fetal movement is one of the best ways to determine fetal health inside the womb in between doctors appointments. It is what made us decide to go to the hospital and ultimately saved our babies life.
After spending some time in the NICU we brought our 4lb 3oz baby girl home and she has been keeping us on our toes ever since.
“There are two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is though everything is. ” – Albert Einstien. Born prematurely May 13, 1879.
Read other amazing prematurity stories at www.facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay
Sarah, Mother Nurse Love
Sarah Jividen is a registered nurse, blogger, writer, wife, and mother with an aspiration to empower nurses and moms to take better care of themselves. Sarah lives with her husband in a beach suburb outside of Los Angeles where they are raising their two-year-old daughter, newborn son and two rescue kitties. In a rare moment of free time you may find Sarah practicing yoga, socializing with friends, sampling dark beers or attending a local concert venue with her husband.
I experienced a silent placental abruption when I was 33 weeks pregnant. This is the…December 22, 2017