More Preemie Awareness

This is Prematurity Awareness Month, with November 17th being worldwide Prematurity Awareness Day. Yet, there is not non-stop coverage about this condition that effects. In the United States, 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely. and Worldwide Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon each year according to the March of Dimes. I was one of the moms who never even thought of premature babies. I thought oh preemies are the result of very sick babies or teen pregnancies, not me. So I was not prepared when I had a preemie. I was not prepared for what would follow health wise. I was not prepared for years of seeing specialists. I wasn’t prepared for the emotional roller coaster of a preemie mom. We are bombarded with info on this health issue and that disease, campaigns and car magnets, all to raise awareness to various causes and while some diseases like heart health, most everyone can connect with, things like prematurity awareness get overlooked because it’s not something everyone goes through and that makes me very upset. I wish I had known something about what to expect and it all happened so fast as it does for so many moms. I could have looked into it myself, maybe it was in one of the mom to be books I read, I don’t remember, but unless someone you know went through it or for some reason your health provider brings it up, you won’t have a clue.

It doesn’t end when you bring your preemie home, things don’t magically go back to normal. There’s a new normal. Premature babies can be affected by a slew of other conditions in their lives such as :
Intellectual disabilities
Cerebral palsy.
Breathing and respiratory problems.
Visual problems including retinopathy of prematurity
Hearing loss.
Feeding and digestive problems. as per the CDC website. These are not easy things to deal with as a parent and yet so many of us don’t know about prematurity. Let’s make this the year that changes. The March of Dimes does and incredible job trying to spread awareness and have a prematurity campaign. I’m very passionate about this, because of my beautiful premature baby who is now a school age kid. It has been the most heart wreching, prayer praying time in my life and I just wish there was more awareness for moms to be.


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