World Prematurity Day is coming up!
November 17 is World Prematurity Day (WPD), a chance to raise awareness about the topic of prematurity on local, national and international level.
One in ten babies are born premature. That’s over 15 million babies being born too early each year.
How did World Prematurity Day start?
EFCNI (European Foundation for Care of Newborn Infants) initiated the first meeting of the European Parents’ Organization in Rome, Italy in November 2008. During this meeting, the representatives decided to create an awareness day for preterm infants and their families. November 17th was chosen because this day has a very special and emotional meaning for one of EFCNI’s founders: After the decease of his preterm triplets in December 2006, he became father of a healthy born daughter on November 17th 2008. At the same time- the March of Dimes in the United States had a similar idea and launched Prematurity Awareness Month in November.
World Prematurity Day has been growing and spreading awareness ever since.
There are many different organizations hosting events in honor of World Prematurity Day and National Prematurity Awareness Month.
If you are on Facebook, please check out the World Prematurity Day page where you can learn what’s going on.
Also, visit the EFCNI website where you can get great advice on what you can do to support World Prematurity Day and even get templates and toolkits to help you support it.
Preemie World is a wonderful organization that highlights all things related to premature births and they will be sharing all kinds of great stories and ideas to help you support World Prematurity Day.
On a local level, here are some things I am doing in honor of World Prematurity Day:
1. You can gift a copy of my book (From Hope to Joy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds) to a preemie parent or even send an autographed book to a NICU. Click below to learn more. I’ll even wrap it in purple paper for you.
Click here to view the offer: http://www.speakingformomsandbabies.com/gift-a-book/
2. Give a gift of hope to a parent of a premature baby. Below is a $5 discount code you can use to purchase my book (From Hope to Joy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds) throughout the month of November.
Website link: https://www.createspace.com4347606 Use code: 6P9FLKVU
3. An Affair to RememBeer at Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, CT.
On November 13th The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund is hosting a fundraiser which includes beer tasting, brewery tours, hors d’oeuvres, live music, raffles & a silent auction. All event proceeds will go directly to supporting our Natural History Registry for Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). NEC is a deadly disease of the intestines that effects premature babies.
I’m proud to say that I am a member of The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund’s Board of Directors and they do great work!
Click HERE to purchase tickets or donate:
4. I’m speaking at the NANN (National Association of Neonatal Nurses) Conference in Palm Springs, CA on October 29th. I’m discussing what did and did not help me, as a preemie parent, at the time of NICU discharge. I’ll be writing a post on this in early November.
5. I’m exhibiting at the PPA (Preemie Parent Alliance) Summit in Falls Church, VA during the first weekend in November. More on this this to come…
Even if you can’t attend an event or donate to a nonprofit in honor of World Prematurity Day- you can still put purple lights on your front porch to show your support.
And if you do light up your house in purple, please tag me in your posts by using @jenniferdegl. I would love to see your photos.
How are you celebrating World Prematurity Day and why do you celebrate it?
Here’s why I celebrate World Prematurity Day: