#PrematurityIs costing lives
Prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under five around the world and here in the UK.
Sadly 1 million children across the world die each year from the complication of premature birth. Globally, it’s the leading cause of death in children under 5.
Every day in the UK, 260 babies are admitted to neonatal care. One in four of these little ones will need life-saving intensive care.
Bliss exists to give every baby born premature and sick babies in the UK the best chance of survival and quality of life. We support parents to care for their babies, campaign for better neonatal care and enable life-changing research, to give babies born premature or sick the best possible start in life.
On 17 November each year, Bliss joins with organisations from around the world to raise awareness of premature birth and take action for babies born too soon.
The UK has the second worst neonatal mortality rate in Western Europe, at 1.4 per 1,000 births. The only country that has a higher rate is Malta, with a rate of 2.1 deaths per 1,000 births.
enables us to give vital emotional support to a parent when they need it most so they can give their baby the best start in life
helps us deliver specialist training to doctors and nurses which ensures babies have the best chance of a healthy future
helps support vital neonatal research, transforming the future for premature babies everywhere.