World Prematurity Day 2018 #WorldPrematurityDay

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World Prematurity Day 2018 #WorldPrematurityDay: World Prematurity Day celebrated internationally on November 17th to increase awareness of preterm births as well as the deaths and disabilities due to prematurity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising.

Premature birth is a very serious health problem. It is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. Babies born too early may have more health issues than babies born on time, and may face long-term health problems that affect the brain, the lungs, hearing or vision. World Prematurity Day on November 17 raises awareness of this serious health crisis. WHO produces guidelines, tools and evidence-based recommendations to help prevent and care for preterm babies.

Preterm is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. There are sub-categories of preterm birth, based on gestational age:
  • extremely preterm (less than 28 weeks)
  • very preterm (28 to 32 weeks)
  • moderate to late preterm (32 to 37 weeks).

Induction or caesarean birth should not be planned before 39 completed weeks unless medically indicated.

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