For Immediate Release: HALIFAX, NS - Every year in Nova Scotia, over one hundred babies are born before their due date. Some of the most premature babies are born nearly 17 weeks early and can weigh less than one pound. For these premature babies, the journey from the hospital to home can be long and full of complexities.
Friday, November 17th is World Prematurity Day, a day to raise awareness for the challenges premature babies and their families face.
“World Prematurity Day is an opportunity to reflect on the struggles and achievements of preterm infants and their families, and to celebrate each of these extraordinary lives,” says Dr. Doug McMillan, a neonatologist at the IWK. “Dr. Seuss, while not a medical doctor, summed it up best when he wrote, ‘A person’s a person no matter how small’.”
In recognition of World Prematurity Day, the IWK is pleased to raise awareness through:
Stop by the booth on Friday, November 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to learn more about the NICU and World Prematurity Day. NICU Parent Partners will be available to answer questions and share their experiences.
Purple sock cookies will be sold in the cafeteria to help raise awareness. The sock shape is part of the national theme for World Prematurity Day and purple is the colour that represents the awareness.
Skin-to-skin contact (also known as Kangaroo Care) provides premature babies and their families with many short and long term benefits. To signify the importance of skin to skin contact, a Kangaroo-a-thon will occur at 11:00am in the NICU with the current families.
Gift bags for families/babies
The gift bags will include: