What is World Prematurity Day?

Find out what World Prematurity Day is, and how Bliss gets involved.

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.

What we did last year

For World Prematurity Day 2017, we focussed on what #PrematurityIs and what it means to you. Thank you everyone who took part. To help raise awareness of what #PrematurityIs, we asked parents to tell us about their experience of having a premature baby.


Watch a video of what parents shared with us for World Prematurity Day 2017


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 more about care for premature babies around the world.