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World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day is observed on November 17 each year. It aims to raise awareness about the issues associated with preterm birth. It also spreads information about how to help and support affected families.

Incubators are used to support and monitor newborn preemies.
Incubators are used to support and monitor newborn preemies.
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World Prematurity Day was first observed in Europe in 2008, but it has since evolved into a worldwide annual observance.

What Is Prematurity?

Medically, the term prematurity refers to the birth of a baby less than 37 weeks after the mother's last normal menstrual period (gestational age). It is also known as preterm birth or premature birth. Premature infants are often referred to as preemies or premmies.

Each year, about 15 million babies – which is about 10% of all babies – are born prematurely around the world. Diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, and obesity increase the risk of giving birth prematurely.

Those Affected Need Support

Despite continuing advances in the medical treatment of preemies, they have a higher mortality rate than babies born at a later stage of the pregnancy. Premature infants are also at a greater risk of being afflicted with a number of disorders and diseases.

In addition to the specific health and developmental requirements of preemies, the parents and family members of prematurely born babies often need emotional and psychological guidance.

What Happens on World Prematurity Day?

World Prematurity Day is not an official public holiday, so businesses, schools, and government offices are open. Action and support groups organize local events and media campaigns to raise awareness about premature birth and to inform the public about ways to provide support to family members of preemies.

World Prematurity Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
ThuNov 172011World Prematurity DayWorldwide observance
SatNov 172012World Prematurity DayWorldwide observance
SunNov 172013World Prematurity DayWorldwide observance
MonNov 172014World Prematurity DayWorldwide observance
TueNov 172015World Prematurity DayWorldwide observance
ThuNov 172016World Prematurity DayWorldwide observance
FriNov 172017World Prematurity DayWorldwide observance
SatNov 172018World Prematurity DayWorldwide observance
SunNov 172019World Prematurity DayWorldwide observance
TueNov 172020World Prematurity DayWorldwide observance

Quick Facts

World Prematurity Day is an annual observance that is dedicated to raising awareness about the health and emotional issues surrounding preterm birth.

World Prematurity Day 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018

World Prematurity Day 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
World Prematurity DayEnglish
Día Mundial del Niño PrematuroSpanish
יום פגות העולםHebrew
اليوم العالمي للولادات المبكرةArabic
세계 미숙아의 날Korean
Verdensdag for prematureNorwegian
WeltfrühgeborenentagGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on November 17, 2018

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