Tuesday, November 13, 2007

National Prematurity Awareness Month

November is National Prematurity Awareness Month. The March of Dimes is fighting to stop premature births. Prematurity is the leading killer of America's newborns. Prematurity has been escalating steadily and alarmingly over the past two decades. In 2004, more than 500,000 infants were born prematurely, the highest number ever reported for the U.S. Preterm delivery can happen to any pregnant woman. In about four out of every 10 cases, the causes are unknown. The leading known cause of prematurity is preeclampsia. Which is the cause of why Ariana was born 5 weeks early.

One way to help is to create a virtual band in honor or memory of a child. View Ariana's March of Dimes band here.