The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that we can work to reduce preterm birth using the following strategies:
The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County (HMHB) seeks to improve birth outcomes and promote healthy families by providing access to care, education, and support to those facing the physical, emotional, economic, and social challenges of pregnancy and infant care. HMHB is considered "The Gateway" to accessing prenatal care in Palm Beach County and is the only prenatal focused agency that is part of the Healthy Beginnings system of the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County. They also offer free childbirth classes, free workshops for parents, and provide access to free local parent support groups. For more information, visit their website here!
World Prematurity Day is a day of action on a global scale that grows bigger each year, helping to reduce the rate of premature birth and improve newborn health. Celebrities help raise awareness and landmarks nationwide light up purple to honor premature babies! Did you know that here in South Florida, the Bank of America building in Fort Lauderdale is one of the facilities participating in the Prematurity Awareness Month lightings?! How cool!!
You can join the movement to raise awareness and show your support by changing your Facebook profile picture, let the world know that you care about the 15 million babies born too soon worldwide! You can also register on "Thunderclap.it" to schedule a message to be posted on your social network, expanding global awareness of premature birth. Don't forget to use hashtag #WorldPrematurityDay in your own posts, too!
International Prematurity Awareness Partner, Bliss, has also designated a specific hashtag for World Prematurity Day 2017... #PrematurityIs! We need more people to know about the hurdles babies and parents face, and overcome, every single day. That is why we are sharing what #PrematurityIs and what it really means for babies when they are born too soon.
But World Prematurity Day is our chance to make a difference to premature babies.
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