An estimated 15 million babies around the world are born premature each year and more than one million of them do not survive their early birth. Although the United States has seen sustained improvement in its preterm birth rate, it has one of the highest rates of preterm birth of any industrialized country.
Next month, organizations and individuals around the globe will observe Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day. In Michigan Prematurity Awareness Day, November 17, 2014 is being presented by Flagstar Bank. In honor of this sponsorship every donation made through www.crowdrise.com on November 17th will be matched by Flagstar Bank.
World‐famous photographer Anne Geddes, and International superstar Hilary Duff, will join other celebrity parents to spread the word that premature birth is a very serious health problem for babies worldwide. “I’m working with the March of Dimes to prevent premature birth, the leading cause of newborn death. Every newborn deserves a healthy life,” said Mrs. Geddes. “With each week these precious babies stay and thrive in the womb, the risk of death and disabilities is reduced.” Prematurity Awareness Month events are scheduled nationwide throughout November. Prominent buildings and landmarks in several states, including the Empire State Building in NewYork City and The Renaissance Center in Detroit will be shining in purple light to symbolize hope for a healthy start for more babies.
There also will be professional education programs, as well as family events and gatherings. “Raising awareness of premature birth is the first step to defeating it,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Our thanks go out to the celebrities, state officials and business and community leaders who are working to bring attention to this serious infant health problem. March of Dimes is dedicated to giving all babies a healthy start in life. We’re investing in research and programs to prevent preterm birth so more women will have full‐term pregnancies and healthy babies.”
November 17th will be recognized around the globe as the fourth annual World Prematurity Day.
More information is available at: https://www.facebook.com/MarchofDimesMichigan where families and volunteers can learn more about the March of Dimes.
Actress, singer and busy mom Hilary Duff also is lending her voice to the prematurity campaign. As part of her year‐round volunteer support of the March of Dimes, she recently released a public service announcement featuring her new music in support the Foundation’s global awareness campaign. The video message is available at: http://youtu.be/0iVwvEPAITY.
The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign is supported by corporate partners including Flagstar Bank and gifts from millions of individual donors. Prematurity Awareness Month in Michigan is being presented by Flagstar Bank. The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.