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World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day is a day for speaking up and taking action for moms and babies to help prevent the birth of babies before they are full term. A premature birth is one that occurs before the start of the 37th week of pregnancy, or three weeks earlier than the expected due day. Premature babies, especially those born very early, often have complicated medical problems.

When is World Prematurity Day?

November 17th. Celebrated Annually.

Type of Holiday?

Health Holiday

How is World Prematurity Day Honored?

  • Make a tax-deductible donation to support research and community programs.
  • Start a fundraiser on Facebook to help support the babies born prematurely each year
  • The color purple is used to promote awareness for the day.  So wear it or even change your profile photo to help inspire others.

World Prematurity Day Trivia/Facts:

  • Babies are considered premature when they are born before the 37th week of gestation.
  • More than 380,000 babies are born premature every year in the U.S.
  • U.S. preterm birth rate is among the worst of high-resource nations, with approximately 9.8% of births being premature
  • Babies who survive premature birth often have long-term health problems, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss.

Popular Social Media Hashtags:

#prematurityday #worldprematurityday #prematurityawarenessmonth

Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on November 17th:

  • Rachel McAdams – Actress
  • Martin Scorsese – Director
  • Danny Devito – Actor
  • Daisy Fuentes – Television Personality
  • Leonard Roberts – Actor
  • Ru Paul – Reality Show Host
  • Devin Gordon – Singer
  • Dr. Heavanly – Doctor/Television Personality
  • Rock Hudson – Actor

Check out the other Special Days in October here! 

October holidays include International Coffee Day, Homemade Cookie Day, World Mental Health Day, and Coming Out Day.


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