Second, you probably all know by now that we feel pretty passionate about the March of Dimes and prematurity and infant mortality awareness. November is Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17th has been designated as Prematurity Awareness Day. Bloggers Unite is partnering with the March of Dimes in support of Fight for Preemies. This means Prematurity Awareness Day®, November 17, will be heralded across the country and around the world by tens of thousands of bloggers.
If you or someone you know has a blog or Web site, please join us by writing a post, adding the badge to your site, and encouraging bloggers to support the cause. Together we can fight to the finish!
Why we fight for preemies:
Every year, 20 million babies are born too soon, too small and very sick ― half a million of them in the United States. Premature birth is a health crisis that jeopardizes the lives and health of nearly half-million babies each year. It is the #1 killer of newborns and can lead to lifelong disabilities. Worse: the number has increased 31 percent since 1981. It can happen without warning and for no known reason. Until we have more answers, anyone’s baby, could be born too soon.
Medical advances give even the tiniest babies a chance of survival, yet for many babies premature birth is still a life or death condition. It’s the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. And babies who survive face serious health challenges and risk lifelong disabilities.
The rate of premature birth has never been higher. In half the cases, we simply don’t understand what went wrong. We need to fight for answers. And, ultimately, preventions.
November 17 is dedicated to raising awareness of the crisis of premature birth. The March of Dimes invites bloggers like you to get involved.
• Learn about premature birth at marchofdimes.com/fightforpreemies
• Put a badge on your blog during November, Prematurity Awareness Month®
• On November 17, blog for a baby you love and to help others
We need to fight ― because babies shouldn’t have to.