1. November is Prematurity Awareness Month. The March of Dimes created World Prematurity Day in 2011 to highlight the fact that premature birth is a serious problem all around the world. Monday, November 17 will mark the 4th annual event. Last year, 80 countries participated in World Prematurity Day with building and landmark lightings, outdoor events, petitions and other demonstrations of support.
2. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born premature and more than one million will die as a result.
3. About 16,300 babies born prematurely each year in the United States don't reach their first birthday.
4. The United States preterm birth rate was 11.4% in 2013 - an 11% decline since the peak in 2006 of 12.8%
5. The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign was launched in 2003. The goals of the campaign are to raise awareness of the problem and to lower the rate of premature birth to 9.6% of live births by 2020.
6. The March of Dimes estimates that, since 2006, about 231,000 fewer babies in the United States have been born too soon because of improvement in the preterm birth rate; also potentially saving about $11.9 billion in health and societal costs.
7. The March of Dimes is establishing prematurity research centers across the country to discover the unknown causes of premature birth. These unique, transdisciplanary centers bring together the brightest minds from many diverse disciplines - geneticists, molecular biologists, epidemiologists, engineers, computer scientists, and others - to work together to find answers to prevent premature birth.
8. Since 2003, the March of Dimes has devoted close to $100 million on research into the causes and prevention of premature birth.
9. The March of Dimes NICU Family Support program provides information and comfort to families who have a premature or sick baby in hospital intensive care. There are 132 programs in hospitals across the United States serving more than 90,000 families each year.
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Thank you so much for this list, James. I'm sure everyone who reads this will learn something new. We can all make a difference.
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