Today is world prematurity day. World Prematurity Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of premature birth and work with partners around the world to prevent it.
Internationally 15 million babies are born early every year around the world and sadly 1 million of these babies will not survive. Prematurity is the leading cause of death for children under 5. World prematurity day is to raise awareness and an opportunity for people to tell the world what prematurity means to them using the hastag #prematurityis #worldprematurityday World Prematurity Day is a global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the sometimes devastating impact it can have on families.
A story from one of our team
This year our very own GO club project leader Lucy, had a baby boy called Freddie who was born earlier than expected. Back in January Lucy was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a condition that causes high blood pressure and can have devastating effects on the unborn baby. In March Lucy had an emergency C-section when Freddie was only 32 weeks gestation. As the health professionals knew that there was a very high chance that Freddie was going to be delivered early so Lucy was given steroids to strengthen his lungs. On the 6th March Freddie was delivered weighing 3lbs, 3.5 oz (pictured in photo above). Due to the steroids he arrived screaming and only needed a small amount of oxygen. Freddie was taken to Buscot ward which is the neonatal unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital where he stayed for almost 3 weeks. He went from strength to strength and was discharged from hospital less than 3 weeks later still 5 weeks before his original due date. Freddie is now a happy, healthy 8 month old who sometimes visits the children at GO club with his mum!
For information on world prematurity day or to find out more about premature babies visit: www.bliss.org.uk