Obviously this is a cause that is now very near and dear to me. So bring on the prematurity related posts and Facebook status updates, facts, memories, and purple things. (Purple is the official color for prematurity because of the March of Dimes.)
Here are a few starter facts:
- 1 in 8 babies are born premature in the US (that is approximately 543,000)
- The rate of premature birth has risen 30% since 1981.
- Almost 40% of premature births do not have a known cause.
- The number one known cause is preeclampsia.
There are two random things that popped into my head concerning "awareness" as a mom of a preemie. One is that yes, preemies catch up and many of them thrive and you would never guess how they started, but the affects on the parents stay. The other is that even when a mom does everything right, that is no guarantee that her baby will not be born premature. I loved being pregnant; I did things "right" within my power; I felt great up until I landed in the hospital. I think that is the main reason prematurity wasn't so much on my radar. When someone says "premature" I think often our minds jump to smoking or drug abuse or some cause like that. But 40% don't have a known cause. And although preeclampsia is the #1 known cause, IT doesn't have a known cause.
So I want to know what are YOUR questions about prematurity? Or thoughts. Or specific questions about Noah's story. Somebody leave me a comment about something! :)