World Prematurity Day is November 17

Each year 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely and more than 380,000 in the United States. Babies born too early may face life-threatening complications and have lifelong health problems.

Premature birth is on the rise

As we reported earlier this month, the U.S. preterm birth rate has increased for the fourth year in a row. Equally alarming is that, according to the United Nations, this country is among the most dangerous developed nations to give birth in. We are facing a serious health crisis.

Health crisis for moms and babies

But this crisis is not just about the health of babies born too soon, it’s about those we’ve lost. It’s about the moms who died and those who face serious health challenges before, during and after pregnancy. It’s about the continuum of care for all moms and babies—as their health is intertwined.

It’s not fine. But it can be. March of Dimes is shining a spotlight on this maternal and infant health crisis all month long across it’s social channels. But we also need your support to create positive change. That’s why we’re calling on communities and individuals nationwide to join us in the fight for the health of all moms and babies. You can take action in the #ItsNotFine campaign this Prematurity Awareness Month.

Join us

In advance of World Prematurity Day (November 17), we will be hosting a bilingual Twitter chat on Friday, November 15 at 9:00 am EST. Our aim is to spark conversations to support those who’ve been affected by premature birth, families who have lost babies, and those who face challenges and are spending #PrematurityAwarenessMonth in the NICU. Lend your voice along with organizations from all around the globe and help raise awareness about this urgent maternal and infant health crisis. Use #WPDChat to follow the conversation and follow @MarchofDimes and @nacersano on Twitter for more details.

Be sure to visit to easily post a message of support and awareness on your social media accounts during the month of November and on November 17.