What is World Prematurity Day?

Dad with his baby lying on his lap, holding the baby's head

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

What is World Prematurity Day?

World Prematurity Day (17th November) is a global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the sometimes devastating impact it can have on families.

On this day Bliss comes together with partners from around the world to talk about premature birth in our countries and to raise awareness about the hurdles babies and parents face, and overcome, every single day.

In the UK

For every 13 babies born in the UK, one baby is born premature. Each neonatal experience will affect families differently, but we know how important it is to feel connected with people who have a similar journey.

There are many parts of neonatal care that can go unspoken; from the overwhelming sounds of the unit to discovering how strong your baby is for the first time. It can make a big difference to read other people’s stories.

That’s why we’re asking parents, family members, friends and healthcare professionals – anyone touched by the needs of premature babies – to share your #MyNeonatalStory and show families in neonatal care they’re not alone.

World Prematurity Day Internationally

Sadly, prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under five.

15 million

babies are born prematurely every year

One million

of these babies will not survive

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.