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.
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
|Thu||Nov 17||2011||World Prematurity Day||Worldwide observance|
|Sat||Nov 17||2012||World Prematurity Day||Worldwide observance|
|Sun||Nov 17||2013||World Prematurity Day||Worldwide observance|
|Mon||Nov 17||2014||World Prematurity Day||Worldwide observance|
|Tue||Nov 17||2015||World Prematurity Day||Worldwide observance|
|Thu||Nov 17||2016||World Prematurity Day||Worldwide observance|
|Fri||Nov 17||2017||World Prematurity Day||Worldwide observance|
|Sat||Nov 17||2018||World Prematurity Day||Worldwide observance|
|Sun||Nov 17||2019||World Prematurity Day||Worldwide observance|
|Tue||Nov 17||2020||World Prematurity Day||Worldwide observance|
Quick FactsWorld Prematurity Day is an annual observance that is dedicated to raising awareness about the health and emotional issues surrounding preterm birth.
World Prematurity Day 2018Saturday, November 17, 2018
World Prematurity Day 2019Sunday, November 17, 2019
Name in other languages
|World Prematurity Day||English|
|Día Mundial del Niño Prematuro||Spanish|
|יום פגות העולם||Hebrew|
|اليوم العالمي للولادات المبكرة||Arabic|
|세계 미숙아의 날||Korean|
|Verdensdag for premature||Norwegian|