World Prematurity Day – Raises awareness, support & education
World Prematurity Day is celebrated every year on 17th November.
The aim of this day is to spread awareness for the challenges of preterm birth. Preterm means babies born alive before completing 37 weeks of gestation.
According to WHO every year around 15 million babies are born preterm. Preterm babies need extra care to survive and to live healthy life. To give them extra care the baby may stay in a special unit called Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Baby Unit.
Causes of preterm birth
There are many reasons of preterm birth
- Early induction of labour or caesarean birth
- Multiple pregnancies
- Infections and chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
- Genetic influence
Solutions to prevent preterm birth
- Education of expectant mothers about various problems during pregnancy
- Basic minimum care during pregnancy, nutrition counselling and supplementation of iron and vitamins
- Institutional / Hospital deliveries to be encouraged
- Management of anaemia and high blood pressure of mother during pregnancy
- Preparedness of mother for delivery
- Early diagnosis of problems in newborns and early referral to hospitals for optimum care and treatment
- Identification of danger signs and prompt referral
Those Affected Need Support
Despite continuing advances in the medical treatment of preemies, they have a higher mortality rate than babies born at a later stage of the pregnancy. Premature infants are also at a greater risk of being afflicted with a number of disorders and diseases.
In addition to the specific health and developmental requirements of preemies, the parents and family members of prematurely born babies often need emotional and psychological guidance.
We provide Mother and Baby Care Services.
Lets Healthy provide a plan which is specifically created to address the needs of the mother and the baby post-delivery.
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