November is Prematurity Awareness Month—Here's Why It Matters

If you listen to the radio on your drive to work or pay attention to social media, you probably know that pretty much every day, week, and month has something attached to it. Whether that’s Talk Like a Pirate Day or Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the constant parade of things you’re supposed to be paying attention to.

At Healthier Moms and Babies, we are asking you to fight the instinct to tune out and pay special attention during November. This month is Prematurity Awareness month, and it is something that is close to our hearts and the mission we try to carry out every day.

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Premature births affect one in ten babies born in the United States, and the prematurity rates are slightly higher than that here in Allen County. Premature births are the #1 cause of death for babies in the country, and babies who survive are often left with serious, long-term health problems. Some of the reasons for prematurity, such as smoking, gestational diabetes or high blood pressure can be managed before and during pregnancy to help minimize the likelihood of premature birth. In most cases, if the mother recognized her signs of preterm labor and sought medical assistance early enough, delivery could be forestalled for days, weeks and sometimes a month. Considering all this, you can begin to see why we take our work so seriously… and why we’re asking you for help.

Healthier Moms and Babies works with expecting mothers to educate them on potential risk factors and decrease the number of premature births in Allen County. We begin working with women as early as possible during their pregnancies, educating them on the best ways to ensure a full-term pregnancy and a great start to their baby’s journey.

Your support makes everything we do possible. Donations help make sure we can support expectant mothers in Allen County every day and build a better future for new babies and our community in the process.

We know calendars fill up quickly, but if you’re not too busy waiting for National Taco Day to roll back around next October, there’s a whole generation of babies out there who would appreciate a little help this Prematurity Awareness Month. They’ll pay you back with amazing smiles and a brighter future for our community.

NewsKatie Pruitt