What is World Prematurity Day?

Find out what World Prematurity Day is, and how Bliss get involved in the UK and globally.

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

For World Prematurity Day 2018, Bliss will be focusing for a second year on what #prematurityis and what it means to you. Last year saw so many people sharing their incredible stories, but we want to hear from even more of you.

At Bliss, we know how scary having a premature baby can be, especially if they need to receive care in a neonatal unit after they are born. So whether you are a parent, family member, healthcare professional, researcher, campaigner, someone who was born prematurely, or someone who has been touched by the needs of premature babies, we want to know what #prematurityis to you.

Help us raise awareness by sharing the reality of what #prematurityis on social media.


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.