World Prematurity Day
Today is World Prematurity Day. Here are some facts that you may, or may not know about prematurity. If you know a preemie parent, hug them today.
-Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality in the United States, with an incidence of 12.8%. That's 1 in 8 births.
-Premature babies are more than just small babies. Many go on to have serious health issues after they leave the hospital...some don't even have a chance to leave the hospital.
-Preeclampsia affects 5-8%of women and about 0.42% of all pregnant women need to be delivered before 34 weeks because of severe preeclampsia. As there are about 4 million births every year in the United States, preeclampsia results in 16,800 premature babies born before 34 weeks.