Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Prematurity in America

November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Did you know that 1 in 8 babies is born prematurely in the US?

Prematurity is the leading cause of death in newborns. Those who survive often have lifelong health problems, such as cerebral palsy, cognitive impairment, and blindness. 

Occupational therapists frequently work with babies who were born prematurely, both in the NICU and in the home and educational settings as the child grows. Working in early intervention, I frequently work with children who were born prematurely, including micro preemies. It is amazing to help these children grow and learn!

The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign works to reduce the rate of premature birth and raise public awareness about the seriousness of the problem.

Check out the March of Dimes website for more information, including the 2011 Premature Birth Report Card

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