Today is World Prematurity Day, a day to spread awareness and honour babies born too early. Did you know 1 in 10 babies are born premature? Do you know a family who had a baby born premature? You're reading about one mom right now, I've had two preemie babies out of three pregnancies. 

My two youngest were each born premature - our son in 2008 at 27 weeks and our daughter in 2012 at 36 weeks. Both births have their own stories, you can see pictures and read about our son here and our youngest daughter here. I am grateful every day that our stories turned out with happy endings. 

The Canadian Premature Baby Foundation was launched last year by Katharina Staub, an Edmonton-based advocate and mother of preemie twins. It's the first national, Canadian-based organization for premature babies. The organization serves as a voice and source of information for families and their children. The foundation is advocating for heightened political awareness of prematurity and the health implications associated with it. I wish this foundation had been around when our son was born, just the same - we honour the day he and every preemie baby are born. 

Lighting up cities across the country:

The CPBF will be lighting up cities across the country with support from the March of Dimes - Niagara Falls, The Langevin Bridge and Riverwalk lighting in Calgary, the heritage building in OTTAWA, the Muttart Conservatory Pyramids in Edmonton and the CN Tower in Toronto in honour of all prematurely born babies and to help raise awareness that prematurity is a public health concern.

We wear our purple today in support of World Prematurity Day.

To learn more about Premature birth and ways you can help spread the word or make a donation please visit the Candian Premature Baby Foundation Website for more information! 

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1 comment:

  1. My youngest brother was a premie he's 6'2 and 220 pounds now though


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