Today is World Prematurity Day!
November 17th is a day where the world pauses for a moment to think about the reality of premature births, how to prevent them and how to best help the preemies who enter our world far too early.
This year marks the 5th annual World Prematurity Day. In 2014, more than 200 countries participated in activities, and more than 60 countries planned special events. An estimated 1.6 billion people around the globe were reached.
World Prematurity Day was started by EFCNI (European Foundation for Care of Newborn Infants) and it has been growing like crazy! Today hundreds of organizations that support research into prematurity and families of premature babies are taking part in events all over the world to help spread awareness.
Locally, I was involved in a few events related to World Prematurity Day. On November 13th I delivered 20 isolette (incubator) sized quilts to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and was able to walk around and give them out to preemie parents. Joy spent 4 months in their NICU following her premature birth and they saved her life!
This is was a very special day for me because I love talking to the parents who are sitting beside their preemie’s isolette wondering how they got there and what will happen next. It is that moment that these parents need another person who has walked in their shoes- to listen to them and to be their friend. I wish I could do this every day. I also wish something similar was available when Joy was in the NICU.
The quilts were made by my talented mother-in-law and the Northern Star Quilters Guild of Somers, NY.
On Sunday the 15th, I attended the 2nd Annual Event to Remembeer, put on by The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund. It was a great day! They are a nonprofit dedicated to raise money in which they donate to research into preventing NEC (Necrotizing enterocolitis) and finding ways to treat it. I am a member of their Board of Directors and I am so proud to say that! Below are some photos of the event.
The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund has been producing podcasts that are designed to educate the public on NEC and other prematurity issues. You can listen to them online by visiting: http://www.morgansfund.org/category/podcast/
I also want to share my latest guest blog posts, in which I wrote in honor of World Prematurity Day 🙂
The entire month of November is National Prematurity Awareness Month, and this includes World Prematurity Day.
Many national and international landmarks are going to decorate their buildings in purple. Please light up your house purple tonight if you can, and if that’s not possible, search the web for some great pictures of how purple is spreading prematurity awareness.
And, please visit the donation page on my website so you can help the fight against prematurity.