Why to Make a Hat

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Infant Prematurity is a Large and Growing Issue

One in 10 babies is born prematurely – that’s 41,095 each day, and more than 15 million each year. And that number is on the rise.1 For these infants, their parents, and their doctors, this is a stressful situation that can have a dramatic effect on families, communities, and the global healthcare system.

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Did you know?

  • Premature birth is the #1 killer of newborns (babies in the first four weeks of life)2
  • 1.1 million preterm babies die each year, but with inexpensive treatment 75% could survive2
  • Premature birth causes society more than $26 billion a year, and babies born just a few weeks early are at risk for severe health problems and lifelong disabilities3
  • Prematurity is a global issue – countries with the highest numbers of preterm births include Brazil, India, Nigeria, North Korea, and the United States2

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References:

  1. "Preterm Birth Fact Sheet No. 363.” World Health Organization. Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs363/en/. November 2013.

  2. “Born Too Soon. The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.” World Health Organization. Available at: http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/documents/born_too_soon/en. 2012.

  3. www.marchofdimes.com/mission/prematurity.html