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What is World Prematurity Day?

World Prematurity Day, is a global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the sometimes devastating impact it can have on families. On 17 November, Bliss comes together with partners from around the world to talk about premature birth in our countries and take action on behalf of the 15 million babies born early every year.

In the UK

This World Prematurity Day, Bliss is focusing on the need for high quality, family-centred care for all premature babies.

There is strong evidence to show that family-centred care improves babies chances of a healthier future, but sadly, this type of care is not supported or available in all neonatal units around the UK. This means that some premature babies are not getting the standard of care they desperately need, when their survival and future quality of life depends on it.

Read Bliss’ latest report about how the lack of widespread support for families is impacting care for babies.

This World Prematurity Day you can help us champion high quality, family-centred care for all premature babies by getting involved in any one of our activities.

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Around the world, 15 million babies are born prematurely every year and one million of these will not survive. Sadly, prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under five.

World Prematurity Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of premature birth and work with partners around the world to prevent it.

Bliss is a member of the World Prematurity Network (WPN), whose members include March of Dimes, EFCNI, LittlebigSouls International Foundation, National Premmie Foundation, Borngreat Foundation, Con Amor Venceras, and the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation.

Find out about our combined effort for World Prematurity Day here.