A story of premature birth and the NICU roller coaster

on November 7, 2012

Very good blog, Raise Awareness about Prematurity

Taken from:

A Brief Rant on Prematurity Awareness . . . Medical Monday.

Today, for Prematurity Awareness Month and Medical Monday, I’d like to share a personal rant.

Each October, stores are flooded with pink ribbon merchandise. Newspapers, magazines, websites, even grocery store ads, manage to “think pink.” According to the National Cancer Institute, 12.7% of women, or 1 in 8, will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This is almost exactly the same as the preterm birth rate, yet the amount of media and fundraising attention given to prematurity is almost nonexistent in comparison.

Did you know that:

1 in 8 babies born in the US are premature.
That means that in 2006 542,893 babies were born premature. That is 12.8% of live births (data from Peristats).
That equals 10,440 babies born preterm every week, and 45,250 babies born too soon this month alone
13 babies…

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