World Prematurity Awareness Day

November 17, 2011 at 6:00 am 1 comment

It’s taken me awhile to get my thoughts together about World Prematurity Awareness Day. Last year when I was on bed rest trying to extend my pregnancy I found an online message board for preemie parents. This was shortly after last years WPA Day and scrolling through the board I found a small firestorm started by a seemingly innocent remark made by a March of Dimes spokesperson.

That remark? Prematurity is 100% preventable. The 100% part is where she stepped in it. Oops! Preemie parents get a tiny bit sensitive when told that prematurity is preventable. So with all this in mind what did I actually want to say about prematurity? What awareness should I be raising?

I guess I’ll focus on the need for more research – to both prevent premature births and to enable better outcomes for premature infants. Maybe prematurity can be made 100% preventable but we’re a long way from that day. We need to know what causes conditions like premature labor, preeclampsia, incompetent cervix, and acute fatty liver of pregnancy (to name just a few). Sure eating right, not smoking, and getting proper prenatal care can prevent 80% of premature issues but we need to focus on that last 20%.

-Aly

Previous posts on my high risk pregnancy Part 1,Part 2, and Part 3. And the story of Kevin’s early arrival.

Entry filed under: Prematurity.

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  • 1. Anonymous  |  November 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I never comment on blogs. Ever. But when I saw that someone said that prematurity is 100 % preventable, I could not let that pass! WHERE DID THEY GET THEIR INFORMATION AND STATISTICS FROM?! THAT IS AN ABSOLUTE LIE!!! I am so angered by that statement, because it makes it seem like we as parents did something wrong or didn’t do something we were suppose to do, and that is why we didn’t prevent our babies from being born early. WOW, just WOW!!!

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